Grapelive: Wine of the Day March 21, 2017

2015 Ridge Vineyards, Geyserville Proprietary Red “50th Vintage” Alexander Valley.
Ridge’s 50th Vintage of Geyserville is an absolute killer wine, one of the best young Geyserville(s) I’ve ever had and it should only get better with age, due out soon it is a not to miss wine! The new Geyserville is a blend of mostly old vine Zinfandel along with parts Carignane, Petite Sirah and a bit of Alicante Bouschet and is aged in mainly seasoned American oak with a ripe, but not over ripe 14.5% alcohol making the 2015 Ridge Vineyards Geyserville Zin blend a rich and deep wine with lush and vibrant flavors. The 50th Vintage (Ridge Geyserville) starts with a bramble red berry and cassis note along with light floral tones, earth/loam and cedary spice in a garnet/purple hued wine, opening in the mouth to a dense and lively palate that flows with black raspberry, plum, olallieberry and currant compote fruits along with briar, anise, cinnamon and dried vanilla. There is a sense of flair and lavish elements, but there is a brilliant focus and even though this is a full bodied and hedonistic wine, the tannins provide structure and balance, this is an impressive Geyserville and it really stands out as an exceptional Zinfandel and world class wine. Drinking this remarkable Geyserville will be a pleasure from day one, but will last 20 plus years, it’s a classic from Ridge, you’ll want this no question.
($40 Est.) 95 Points, grapelive