Geyserville, Ridge Vineyards, Alexander Valley
One of the best-loved names (and most distinctive labels) in wine, Ridge has achieved the rare distinction of iconic status not just domestically, in the US, but around the world wherever fine wine is consumed. This is thanks to the thoughtful and consistent application of simple principles: carefully chosen, mature vineyards farmed with great care; minimum intervention winemaking; production decisions guided by continual blind tasting; and total transparency through ingredient labelling. Through pursuit of quality on its own unwavering terms, Ridge has become immune to the whims of fashion, and joined the ranks of the timeless classics.
The Geyserville vineyard is home to Ridge’s oldest vines, including a section aged over 130 years. It is predominantly planted with a mix of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignan and Mataro vines, which are head trained and spur pruned. The soils are deep gravelly loam mixed with large river rocks and the vineyard has been certified organic since 2015. Harvesting was carried out by hand from the middle to the end of September.
Produced by Ridge Vineyards
In 1962, Ridge made its first Monte Bello, and two years later its first zinfandel. Since that time, Ridge has championed single-vineyard winemaking, searching California for those rare and exceptional vineyards where climate, soil, and variety are ideally matched. From my point of view there have been several wines during my wine-drinking life that have left a huge impression. First tasting Ridge wines almost 30 years ago is right up there! I am delighted to have some wines on the list. For many of us Paul Draper is a legend in the world world. He retired in 2016 having worked as winemaker since 1969.
An inviting nose of dark red and black fruits, and exotic oak spice. The palate is medium to full, marrying ripe black fruits with stony mineral notes, a fine core of acidity and silky yet well-structured tannins.