30+ wines in Michigan (The Goldberg's): Beautiful showing for this wine. Not quite at maturity but getting close. Purple in color. The nose has black cherries, black raspberries, leather, and spice. More red fruit; cherries and dark cherries on the palate. Nice balance. Great juicy texture. This was 50% Zin. Just beautiful For many a WOTN.
Still a bit youthful and burly with lots of brambly red fruit and some tannin, but really well balanced with bright, vibrant fruit up front that turns more savoury and earthy on the back end. Love this wine.
Had alongside a '91 Ridge Petite Sirah (York Creek), which makes up 20% of this wine (Carignan making up 30%). Like my previous notes, this is a big and primary Geyser that needs a lot more time. Excellent structure, fruit, and brambly character.
Had this after a bottle of 1975 Chateau Simard. Better than expected, but still tons of primary fruit (I admit it might seem this by comparison to the St. Emilion). It's starting to develop some tertiary characteristics, but still quite jammy. I would prefer to have try again in another 5-7 years. Overall quite good and it's in a great place if you're a fan of fruit, but I will wait for some it to die before drinking my remaining bottles.
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(Ridge Geyserville) Group's #3 (my #3) – 14 pts.; 1, 0, 3, 1 - very dark purple red violet color; fig, chocolate, tart black fruit, prune, fruitcake, raisin nose; mature, oak, tart black fruit, prune palate; medium-plus finish (50% Zin, 30% Carignan, 20% Petite Sirah; very oaky for a Ridge Zin with age on it)
(Ridge Vineyards Geyserville) This is a very dark, deeply coloured wine - more so than any of the other Geyservilles here. This is remarkable considering it is the oldest vintage tasted. It has a dense, tarry nose, with attractive floral and perfume nuances, together with residual hints of coconut oak. To the blind taster the latter characteristic suggests, like the colour, that this wine is much younger than it really is. Full bodied and sweetly flavoured on the palate, with rich texture, tannins and balancing acidity. This is wonderful stuff, and seems far more impressive tonight than when I last tasted it almost a year ago, when I rated it merely as 'good'. I think this may in part, at least, be related to tasting context.
(Ridge Vineyards Geyserville) This wine has a similar dark and dense purple colour. Similar character on the nose also, with the aromas of sweet oak and a rich vein of black fruit. Likewise, the palate is a combination of spicy, vanillin oak and lots of sweet, lovely fruit.
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