Daily Wine 7/3/17:
Ridge Vineyards – Geyserville – Zinfandel – Alexander Valley – 2015
- This is a blend of 70% Zinfandel, 15% Carignane, 12% Petite Sirah, and 3% Alicante Bouschet from the Alexander Valley of Sonoma County in California.
- The 2015 vintage was the 50th for Ridge to produce this wine. They have made Geyserville as a single-site Zinfandel in every year since 1966. Grown on gravelly soils and broken up into thirty-seven lots that are fermented separately with native yeasts before being blended into one final wine.
- Aging takes place in 100% air-dried American Oak for 14 months. 81% of the barrels range from three to four years old and only 5% are brand new.
- Grapes are harvested by hand from the sustainably farmed Geyserville vineyard. Wines are made with the philosophy of minimal intervention.
- Ridge Vineyards began in 1885 when Dr. Osea Perrone bought 180 acres near the top of Monte Bello Ridge. Their first vintage was in 1892. However, during Prohibition the winery was abandoned and William Short bought it in the 1940s.
- The first Zinfandel was made in 1964. Other varietals planted include Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Grenache, Carignane, Petite Sirah, Mataro, Merlot, and Alicante Bouschet.
- Alexander Valley AVA is warmer and is better suited to red varietals like Zinfandel.
- Winemaker: Paul Draper
- Pair this with pork.