Ridge Zinfandel 1994-2010

Brussels

Tasted March 23, 2014 by Bisty with 352 views

Introduction

Ridge Geyserville and Lytton Springs Tasting by CAV, Brussels.

Flight 1 (11 notes)

Over-all I seemed to favour Geyserville in years with more concentration and heat and Lytton Springs in years where the wines were allowed to show more elegance.

I could not believe that the 2010 are from the same grower/vineyards as the previous vintages. I found a total shift of the anathomy of the wines in 2010 - which were greatly improved and showed a cooler more elegant side and at the same time showed great fruit concentration. What happened between 2008 and 2010???

Red
1994 Ridge Zinfandel Lytton Estate USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley
88 points
Almost brick color.
Dark, raw fruit of red orange, vanilla, mature notes; earthy on the nose.
On the palate medium body, round fruit with an unbalanced acidity and some wood tannins marking it with an unbalanced end impression. Should have been drunk although I imagine this has always given an overoaked impression.
Red
1994 Ridge Geyserville USA, California, Sonoma County
86 points
Brick colour. Very developed on the nose, dark fruit but gives a clumsy impression with a heavy mouthfeel and an unwanted woody impression.
Red
1995 Ridge Lytton Springs USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley
90 points
Still quite dark colour. Very good fruit with a juice and ammy finish.
Red
1995 Ridge Geyserville USA, California, Sonoma County
91 points
Still quite dark colour.
Rather similar to the Lytton Springs 1995 but with the nice and noticeable different of displaying fine minerality and roses.
Red
1997 Ridge Geyserville USA, California, Sonoma County
90 points
Almost brick colour.
Typical Zin nose, fur, dark berries.
Not as concentrated as the 1995's although with a jammy finish.
Red
2007 Ridge Lytton Springs USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley
89 points
Blueish colour.
rather neutral and daft tones without showing depth in the fruit at this stage. Nothing to get very excited about right now. Hold.
Red
2007 Ridge Geyserville USA, California, Sonoma County
87 points
Blueish colour.
Sour juice (cherry) tones on the nose.
On the palate tastes very hot jammy albeit with high acidity (added?). In a very sour mood right now.
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Red
2008 Ridge Lytton Springs USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley
90 points
Blue.
Very jammy and fiery on the nose.
Lots of fruit with a slight tannin finish.
Red
2008 Ridge Geyserville USA, California, Sonoma County
90 points
Blue.
Overjammy and fiery.
Very sweet fruit, port-like. Nice but too heavy.
Red
2010 Ridge Geyserville USA, California, Sonoma County
92 points
Very good acidity and fruit. Less cool and a bit jammier than the Lytton Springs 2010 but very balanced and nice.
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Red
2010 Ridge Lytton Springs USA, California, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley
93 points
Blue.
Gives a cool impression which I like. Crazy good acidity combined with top but balanced fruit. Good now! My WOTN!
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