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    Ridge Geyserville 2003
    Other Red Blends - Sonoma County, California

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    • CG91
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    Professional Ratings: 91 Connoisseurs' Guide

    Region: Sonoma County, California

    Varietal: Other Red Blends

    Item no. 86938

    Winemaker's Notes:

    Ridge made its first Geyserville in 1966, from nineteenth century vines growing on the western edge of Alexander Valley. Over time, we have included more grapes planted along this quarter-mile-wide strip, which follows the old San Francisco & Northern Pacific Railway right-of-way. This distinctive "single site" now consists of three adjoining vineyards that share the same gravelly soils, exposure, and climate. In 2003, a period of intense heat in mid-September ripened all the zinfandel within two weeks; we harvested non-stop to hold sugars and overripeness in check. Reduced circulation during the natural-yeast fermentations moderated tannin extraction. We pressed at seven days, and a natural malolactic finished within five weeks. After a year of barrel aging in air-dried american oak, the wine was fined with fresh egg whites. This elegant Geyserville is delightful now, but will gain in complexity over the next five to eight years.

    76% zinfandel, 18% carignane, 6% petite sirah

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