Saturday, December 26, 2015

Ridge Geyserville Red, 1992

It's a field blend of 65% Zinfandel, 20% Carignan, 15% Petite Sirah in the 1992 vintage. And, as always, it ranks among the best the New World has to offer in the way of wine. It's been several years since I have had this Geyserville, and it still has all the qualities I loved then plus some more that have developed since.

Deep red. The vanilla and dill of New American oak still dominate the bouquet, but that's all part of the package. At first, there are some slight medicinal hints, but these blow away within half an hour. Rich, rich, rich. Chocolate, dark cherries, anise. As it ages, it becomes hard to distinguish it from a fine Cabernet blend. Smooth and rich on the palate. Uplifting herbaceousness on the finish.

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