Ridge is Californian aristocracy, and the Geyserville 2013 is a complex and robust field blend of Zinfandel and friends. Serve with friends and slow-cooked brisket and salute one of the world’s most admired wineries.
This is a true California classic. Ridge is California’s greatest winery; winemaker Paul Draper is a California legend; and Geyserville, one of its most famous single vineyard wines, is made from zinfandel, the historic California grape. Sort of – in classic old school-California fashion, it is actually a blend of 60% Zinfandel, 24% Carignane, and 12% Petite Sirah, with a dollop of Mataro (Mourvedre) thrown in for good measure, all very much to the greater good. Field blending – mixed varieties planted together for a ‘sum greater than the parts’ end result –was not the only wise thing Northern California’s first wave Italian immigrants did in the 19th Century, but selectively choosing ocean-cooled sites like Sonoma’s Alexander Valley was sheer genius. Ridge Geyserville is proof. Generous and bursting with dark fruit yet without any hint of over-ripeness, it is a richly satisfying red that has many years of life ahead of it. Perfect with slow-cooked Texas beef brisket, or the best aged cheddar you can find.