Ridge Vineyards, Geyserville, Sonoma County, California, USA, 2012
A blend of 71% zinfandel, 19% carignan, 7% petite sirah (aka durif), 2% mataro (mourvedre) and 1% alicante bouschet; natural cork closure, 14.5% abv, 375ml, BBR, £18.50
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose: clean on the nose, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas of slightly high-toned sweet black cherry, blackcurrant, squashed ripe blackberry, red plum juice, baked black cherry, peony and violets, spice, liquorice, menthol, oak and a whiff of background vanilla.
Palate: a dry wine, medium (+) acidity, smooth well-integrated fine-grained medium tannins, medium (+) alcohol, and a medium body, medium (+) intensity, a smooth texture, with flavours of black currant boiled sweets, overripe black berry, spicy black cherry, liquorice, and hints of coconut and dark chocolate. A long length, with a clean black cherried finish.
Quality: an outstanding quality wine evident from the outset, with a rich aroma palette, intense concentrated flavours, lots of layered complexity with tertiary notes of liquorice, spice and oak showing. Good acidity and soft fine-grained tannins provide a solid structure and perfectly balance the highish alcohol and rich flavour profile, which follows through on the long richly flavoured finish.
Readiness for drinking/potential for ageing: ready to drink now, this wine has the fruit, balance, structure and concentration, to develop and improve in cellar over 3-5 years.