| Ridge Vineyards "Geyserville" Sonoma Zinfandel 2008|
Sonoma Valley, USA
94 points from the Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: "72% Zinfandel; 20% Carignane; 6% Petite Sirah; 2% Mataro. It has never been easy to regard Ridge's Geyserville bottlings simply as Zin, for, as once again is so evident here, they show a measure of depth and a degree of complexity rarely found in wines of the same name. Both rich and refined with sweeping impressions of red and black berries, sweet oak, briar, and just a touch of spiced candy, the wine exhibits remarkable energy and is never other than perfectly balanced. Its polish is sure to tempt many into drinking it now, but it has the pedigree and pieces in place to grow for years."
(May 2010) (90-92) points from Robert Parker: "The 2008 Geyserville Proprietary Red (72% Zinfandel, 20% Carignan, and the rest Petite Sirah, Mataro, and Mourvedre; 14.8% alcohol) exhibits a dense ruby/purple color along with lots of glycerin, blue and black fruits, pepper, and incense. This rich, fleshy 2008 may turn out to be more juicy and succulent than the 2007. It should last for 7-8 years."
(Feb. 2010) From Wine Enthusiast: "This blend of Zinfandel, Carignane, Petite Sirah and Mataro (Mourvedre) is a good, rather rustic red wine. It has strong, jammy flavors of cherries, red currants, plumped raisins, peppery spices and sandalwood, and turns a little sweet on the finish." (08/10)
First RIDGE Geyserville: 1966
Location: Western edge of Alexander Valley, Sonoma County.
Soils: Gravelly loam
Vines: Zinfandel, petite sirah, carignane interplanted circa 1880, 6 acres Carignane planted circa 1890, 7 acres Zinfandel planted 1965, 12 acres Petite sirah planted 1980, 5 acres Zinfandel planted 1991, 15 acres Petite sirah planted 1994, 3.5 acres
Training: Head trained (no trellis), spur pruned.
Yield: 1- 3 tons per acre
Rainfall: Just over forty inches, most in winter.
Bloom: Late May
Weather: Cool April and May; May rain affected set. Summer and fall fairly even; no intense heat.
Zinfandel is an excellent wine to pair with a wide variety of meats (excluding poultry and seafood). The classic Zinfandel pairing is BBQ and Chili. Pizza, hamburgers, and hearty pasta dishes also work well.
Ridge has made a Geyserville from the Trentadue family ranch for thirty-seven consecutive years. The majority of grapes are grown on the old Whitten Ranch portion of the property. We obtained a long-term lease on that acreage in 1990, guaranteeing access to this exceptional fruit—mostly zinfandel plus complementary varietals carignane and petite sirah—for three decades.
Steak with Mushroom Merlot Sauce Recipe
This steak recipe goes very well with merlot wine - Use some for the sauce, and the rest for your glass!
2 10oz ribeye steaks
2 tsp pepper
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
3 Tbsp butter
6oz shiitake mushrooms
3/4 cup merlot
1 Tbsp thyme
First, salt and pepper steaks on both sides. Heat the vegetable oil to medium high, and then cook steaks for about 3 minutes per side.
Put the steaks on a plate but keep the oil in the pan. Put the butter in the pan, along with the wine, chopped up mushrooms and chopped up shallots and reduce for 5-10 minutes. Pour this sauce over the steaks and serve.