1991 Ridge Geyserville

Zinfandel Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • Sonoma County
Drink between 1993 - 2005 (Edit)
CT91.5 49 reviews
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Community Tasting Notes 49

  • RockinCabs wrote: 93 points

    January 13, 2019 - The first two of these that I opened were horribly disappointing, full of VA and Balsamic Vinegar notes. However tonight I got a real treat with a perfectly "on" bottle.

    Nose: Very intense dark fruited nose with leather, game and herb notes. Does not fully show its age, as the wine remains dark and somewhat brooding. Palate: Plum, blackberry sauce, rosemary, raspberry, peppercorns, leather and siopce. Just a hint of sherry notes, but really just a pleasant integration. Finish: Resonant black fruit, raspberry, tobacco, sea salt, olives and herbs.

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  • gavidearl Likes this wine: 90 points

    January 1, 2019 - Getting down to last bottle or so. Deliberately saved in cellar to see whether aging claims for Ridge premium zins are correct. Cork extracted well. Initial nose good. Took a while (1+ hours) on New Years Eve to taste. Gradually some mature raspberry emerged and then a little fascinating slightly "burnt" cocoa undertone. At about 3 hours, drinking well-like a mature vg aged Bordeaux. This wine was fabulous when young, a real treat in the early 2000's, and still something worth drinking now, particularly when trying to revive memories past.

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  • winecat9 Likes this wine: 92 points

    November 3, 2018 - Selected for Lightning Rounds of the 2018 Zin Thing. The CT drinking window guidance was clearly way off, as this was a superb example of old Geyserville. Deep, vibrant color with only a touch of an orange edge. Complex bouquet that opened with time. Great texture and balance with dark fruit. Another great example of old Ridge Zin!

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  • gavidearl wrote: 90 points

    June 23, 2018 - First a confession: I like aged Ridge Ridge Zin varietals. This is very Bordeaux like-far different than most zins and very much more mellow than when young. A little fruitier, but dark, cassis, leather, mild tobacco, faded tannins. If you are patient it is great. 1/2 bottle first day, the remainder the second day. Best about 2 hours after opened but still pleasant for a little sipping on second day.

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  • LW31 Likes this wine:

    May 7, 2018 - Not your great aunts Zin... really charming blend of old vine Zinfandel, Carignan and petite Syrah. Many guessed younger Bdx or Burgundy. A touch sweet in the fruit but still pleasant melange of tobacco and cedar and savory notes. Definitely a new experience.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    7/5/2011 (link) 88 points

    (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)


  • By Chris Kissack
    October 2002 (link) 18 points

    (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.

  • By Chris Kissack
    December 2001 (link) 16 points

    (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.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1991
  • Type Red
  • Producer Ridge
  • Varietal Zinfandel Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Geyserville
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Sonoma County
  • Appellation Sonoma County

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 91 (34%)
  • Consumed 176 (66%)

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