Ridge Vineyards Geyserville 2011 1.5L
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WineAnother stunner under the Geyserville moniker, this rich, nicely layered offering combines red and black berries with touches of dried leaves and black pepper in its mid-volume aromas. And, as promising as the nose seems to be, the wine is even more deeply packed on the palate where its blackberry, raspberry, darkly spiced fruit is joined by background notes of creamy oak. Latter palate tannin assures that this version of Geyserville will enjoy the long-aging abilities of its predecessors. $38
Wine EnthusiastThis is a fine wine that shows its terroir. It's bone dry, moderate in alcohol, and with lovely acidity. The flavors suggest open fields of lavender and thyme, wild strawberries and cherries, and richer, spicier notes of red licorice. A classic Ridge blend of Zinfandel, Carignane and other varieties, it's one of the most complex and enjoyable wines of its type in California.
Wine SpectatorTart and appealingly rustic, with black cherry and dill aromas, featuring briary flavors of plum, tobacco and herbs that finish on a slightly earthy note. Zinfandel, Carignane, Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouschet and Mataro. Drink now through 2018. 8,000 cases made.