Ridge Vineyards Geyserville Alexander Valley
The 98 Geyserville is an elegant, full-bodied field blend zinfandel, showing ripe, forward fruit, a lively, integrated palate, and a long, distinct finish. Drinkable now, it will develop beautifully over the next five to six years.
International Wine CellarBright red-ruby. Roasted aromas of blackberry, bitter chocolate and roast coffee; distinct hints of torrefaction. Dense and sappy in the mouth, with very intense dark berry and pepper flavors. Quite powerfully structured to age, but not overly muscular. Dusty, fine tannins coat the palate. Draper "opened" the vines, dropping crop several times during the season, thereby avoiding rot after the rain in August.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesGeyserville. It is, in most year's, among Ridge's richest, most interesting Zinfandels, and this 1998 "Geyserville" gets big scores for its depth, structure and substantial richness. Less the bombastic display of ripeness and more an involving melding of berries, spice and rich oak, the wine is at once both solid and slightly supple, and it shows the kind of central extract to ensure several years of growth.