2009 Ridge Geyserville- USA, California, Sonoma County (5/22/2019)
14.3% abv. Dark ruby, explosive, room filling aromatics. Black raspberry, ripe plum, white pepper, and sage highlight a deep, intense and long palate impression. Outstanding power, focus and expression combined with lightness and precision. Appears to be in the early stages of a long and glorious plateau. Wonderful! (96 pts.)
Geyserville is one of my favorite wines. I’ve visited the vineyard twice, it is a special place. I was very glad when Ridge bought the site outright from Trentadue, securing their access indefinitely. I do wonder how much longer those vines can keep going though— in the ‘old patch’, aren’t the vines like 110+ years old? It’s thoughts like these which make me say, stock up!
Sitting at Ridge today looking out over Lytton Springs and sipping on the ‘17 Geyserville (finally in some beautiful weather after a dreary couple weeks here). Another in a string of superb and consistent vintages. As usual, already delicious now and with only good things ahead of it.
Seems I’m more of a Lytton Springs type of guy. Was pretty disappointed in this Geezer.
2009 Ridge Geyserville- USA, California, Sonoma County (7/7/2019)
Seems this is a polarizing wine. As usual, I find myself somewhere in the middle. I found this to be somewhat enjoyable, with nice mouthfeel and some pleasing Zin aromas and flavors. On the other hand, there was a prominent roasted note and a beam of sweet oaky fruit that was somewhat heavy and with a liqueur feel to it. I see where RICARD is coming from, for sure.
This has been cellared by me in a wine fridge since purchase, so no issues with storage. I don’t have much experience with Ridge, but a 2007 Lytton Springs that I opened one year ago was so much more enjoyable than this Geyserville - pretty much outclassed this in every way. (87 pts.)