Tasting Note                         

91+     2010  Ridge  Geyserville  (Alexander Valley)   9/16/12 ($20 - 375mL)

64% Zin, 20% Carignane, 12% Petite Sirah, 2% Alicante Bouchet, 2% Mataro    14.3% alc
Deep purple garnet. (3.0) Bouquet: Racy, sweet boysenberry, blueberry and tart cherry. Very distinctive and lively. Multidimensional fruit and magical (can we call it "Draper") perfume. (3.5) Body: Solid middleweight with excellent fruit and acidity. Not a big Geyserville, but racy and acidity driven. Silky mouthfeel with smooth tannins underneath. (3.0) Flavor: Parallels bouquet. Delicious! (3.5) Finish: Excellent, but fierce, youthful acidity gets slightly in the way. (3.0)
Overall: A wonderfully racy and distinctive Geyserville with multidimensional boysenberry, blueberry and tart cherry fruit. The perfume on the nose is particularly impressive. Its acidity driven structure with subtle tannins on a perfectly balanced frame promise many years of development. Very enjoyable now, but should improve over the next 4-6 years. (16.0)

Note: I had this again in May of 2013 and it seemed to lack the raciness tasted here. Not sure if it was just a bad bottle or if the wine has closed up. My guess is that it may already be in a numb phase and needs a few years to come out of it. I susepct that this vintage will turn out to be similar to the 2004, which lacked luster for several years, but is excellent now.

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