Ridge 2012 Geyserville®

2012 Geyserville bottle shot

2012 Geyserville Vineyard, bottled January 2014
71% zinfandel, 19% carignane, 7% petite sirah, 2% mataró (mourvèdre), 1% alicante bouschet
Sonoma County AVA
14.4% alcohol by volume

Winemaker Eric Baugher's Notes (Back Label) - A dry winter, mild spring, and warm summer at first advanced ripening, but heavy autumn fogs slowed progress. Harvest began September 17, finishing in mid-October. Grapes from the individual parcels were crushed to separate fermentors, some fitted with grids for submerged-cap fermentation. All were pumped over daily, drawing out rich color and full body. Malolactics were complete by November, when thirteen of the seventeen parcels were selected. This superb vintage will be most enjoyable over the next ten to fifteen years. EB (11/13)

Tasting Notes - Ruby color. Pungent bramble fruit, wintergreen, licorice, sweet toasted oak. Rich black cherry fruit on entry. Elegant chalky tannins, gravel/rock, ginger root. Layered, sensuous finish. -Eric Baugher (1/14)


Video Tasting Note

Presented by winemaker Eric Baugher


History

Ridge has made the Geyserville as a single-site zinfandel in every year since 1966. The grapes are grown in three adjoining vineyards on a defined stretch of gravelly soil approximately one-and-a-quarter miles long and a half-mile wide.

Vineyard

Geyserville map

First RIDGE Geyserville: 1966
Location: Geyserville Vineyard is located on the Western edge of Alexander Valley, Sonoma County
Elevation: 200'
Soils: Gravelly loam
Vines: Youngest 9 years, oldest over 120 years; sixty percent 45 years or older.
Training: Head trained (no trellis), spur pruned.
Climate: Occasional morning fog, warm days with frequent evening breezes.
Exposure: Southern
Yields: One to three tons per acre
Farming: Sustainably farmed; fish-friendly agriculture



Video Profile - Geyserville Vineyard

Presented by winemaker Eric Baugher


Aerial View - Geyserville - Whitton Ranch


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GPS coordinates: 38° 40' 45.15" N, 122° 52' 44.84" W
Note: Lytton Springs tasting room is 2.2 miles (3.6km) from this location.



Growing Season

Geyserville soil

Rainfall: 24 inches (below average)
Bloom: Mid-May
Weather: Warm spring and a long, mild summer.

Vintage

Harvest Dates: 17 September - 17 October
Grapes: Average Brix 24.5°
Fermentation: Natural primary and secondary; 6 of the 27 tanks were fitted with submerged cap grids, both those and the tanks with a floating cap were given full pump-overs; pressed at 9 days.
Barrels: 100% air-dried american oak barrels (24% new, 25% one and two years old, 51% three and four years old.)
Aging: Thirteen months in barrel

Winemaking

All estate-grown, hand harvested grapes. Destemmed and crushed. Fermented on the native yeasts, followed by full malolactic on the naturally-occurring bacteria. Six fresh egg whites per barrel to moderate the firm texture of tannins; minimum effective sulfur (30 ppm at crush; 164 ppm over the course of aging); oak from barrel aging; pad filtered at bottling. In keeping with our philosophy of minimal intervention, this is the sum of our actions.


Miscellaneous

Bottle UPC Packaged SRP Notes
750mL 744442301003 12x750mL $38 60 cases/pallet (15 per layer)
375mL half 744442300006 12x375mL $21  
1.5L magnum 744442302000 6x1.5L $79  
3L double magnum 744442303007 1x3L $187 individually boxed

 

SRP: suggested retail price per bottle (U.S. dollars)
Geyserville® is a registered trademark of Ridge Vineyards, Inc. in the US and other countries.


Press

  • Vinous Media logo Vinous Media (July 2014): "The 2012 Zinfandel Geyserville is quite exuberant in this vintage. Savory herbs, tobacco, smoke, menthol and dark red/blackish-toned fruit burst from the glass in an exotic, juicy Zinfandel-based field blend loaded with personality. The tannins could use another year to soften, but readers will have a hard time keeping their hands off this jewel of a wine. The brisk, energetic finish is incredibly appealing. The blend is 71% Zinfandel, 19% Carignane, 7% Petite Sirah, 1% Alicante Bouschet and 1% Mataro (Mourvèdre)." -Antonio Galloni (Rated: 93)
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  • International Wine Cellar Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (May 2014): "Inky purple. A heady, exotically perfumed bouquet displays scents of dark berry liqueur, potpourri, smoky oak and Indian spices, with a hint of licorice in the background. Fleshy, palate-staining black raspberry and boysenberry flavors become brighter and spicier with air and pick up a sexy lavender pastille nuance. Supple tannins add support to an extremely long, sweet finish that extends the berry and floral notes. As fine an example of this consistently excellent bottling as I've had in years. " -Josh Raynolds (Rated: 93)
     
  • Wine Spectator Wine Spectator (15 October 2014): "Focused and structured yet surprisingly light on its feet, this offers smoky plum and dill aromas that lead to zesty flavors of raspberry, fresh anise and spice box. Zinfandel, Carignane, Petite Sirah, Mataro and Alicante Bouschet. Drink now through 2020." -Tim Fish (Rated: 90)