Tasting Note                         

91    2001 Ridge Geyserville     11/29/03($32)

Color: Deep purplish-garnet.(3.5) Bouquet: Candy apple and marzipan with Geyserville terroir. Very rich, silky and intoxicating.(4.0) Body: Well balanced with concentrated fruit and complexity, could use more acidity and overall bottom, but no rough edges and certainly bigger than the 2000.(3.0) Flavor: Delicious fruit with good acidity, fruit is a bit candied with gamy Geyserville terroir.(3.0) Finish: Parallels flavor with a touch of heat, bitterness and tannins. Gaminess is more prevalent here(a good thing).(2.0)
Overall: A delicious and interesting Geyserville, surprisingly silky for such a young wine. Would probably do better if it had a bit more fierce acidity, more like the ’97. But for this taster it is the most promising Geyserville since ’97, although I suspect it will take less time to reach its peak, say 3-5 years, and will be less racy. Notwithstanding, this possesses both the fruit and complexity in the right proportions that one expects from a fine Geyserville.(15.5)