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The Society's 150th Anniversary Geyserville Zinfandel 2019

Red Wine from USA - California
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Eric Baugher made this wine for us from Ridge’s famous Geyserville vineyard as an exclusive for our anniversary. A field blend of zinfandel, carignan and petit sirah, this has a full, black-fruited perfume with cherry and liquorice spice on the palate. This is singing now, but will certainly still improve with some time. For a video message from the winemaker, and for more on the story of this wine, please scroll down.
Price: £39.00 Bottle
Price: £468.00 Case of 12
In Stock
Code: US9111

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Full-bodied
  • Zinfandel
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2029
  • 14.5% Alcohol
  • oak used but not v. noticeable
  • Cork, natural

The Society's 150th Anniversary Geyserville Zinfandel 2019

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We asked Ridge to be involved in this project, without honestly holding out much hope. However, Eric Baugher jumped at the idea, and following consultation with Paul Draper, I found myself tasting barrels of younger-vine Geyserville zinfandel in the cellars at Montebello. It was made clear however that this was a one off, and really was to reflect the very long history Ridge and The Wine Society share.

Paul Draper, Ridge’s winemaker for more than three decades, was a friend of Edmund Penning-Rowsell, Society chairman from 1964 to 1987, and it was he who first introduced us to the wines. This zinfandel is a fitting tribute to friendship.

Ridge Vineyards

Ridge is one of California’s greatest wineries. Situated 2,300 feet up in the Santa Cruz Mountains on Monte Bello Ridge overlooking San Francisco’s Silicon Valley, it is, literally, a summit of Californian excellence. The first vines were planted in the 1880s and in 1892, the first Monte Bello wines were produced, only to clash with Prohibition. Winemaking was abandoned here until the mid-Sixties, when Ridge was bought by a group of academics from Stanford University Research Institute, who were passionate about wine. They were joined in 1969 by philosophy graduate and self-taught winemaker Paul Draper, who grew up on a farm outside Chicago, and honed his craft while on government service in Italy, and in Chile. He now heads a winemaking team of three.

In 1986, the by now highly successful enterprise, whose Monte Bello cabernet had outperformed a number of Bordelais aristocrats in Stephen Spurrier’s famous Paris tasting ten years previously, was purchased by Otsuka, a Japanese pharmaceutical company. The new owners had the good sense to invest generously and to let the brilliant Draper get on with it. Sure enough, in 2006, Monte Bello cabernet took first prize in the thirtieth anniversary reprise of that “Judgement of Paris” tasting,

The redwood winery and office buildings are reminiscent of a rural American idyll with a front porch and, a curly-tailed Samoyed on hand to greet visitors. Along with zinfandel and Amerian oak barrels, they are a passion of Draper’s. His...
Ridge is one of California’s greatest wineries. Situated 2,300 feet up in the Santa Cruz Mountains on Monte Bello Ridge overlooking San Francisco’s Silicon Valley, it is, literally, a summit of Californian excellence. The first vines were planted in the 1880s and in 1892, the first Monte Bello wines were produced, only to clash with Prohibition. Winemaking was abandoned here until the mid-Sixties, when Ridge was bought by a group of academics from Stanford University Research Institute, who were passionate about wine. They were joined in 1969 by philosophy graduate and self-taught winemaker Paul Draper, who grew up on a farm outside Chicago, and honed his craft while on government service in Italy, and in Chile. He now heads a winemaking team of three.

In 1986, the by now highly successful enterprise, whose Monte Bello cabernet had outperformed a number of Bordelais aristocrats in Stephen Spurrier’s famous Paris tasting ten years previously, was purchased by Otsuka, a Japanese pharmaceutical company. The new owners had the good sense to invest generously and to let the brilliant Draper get on with it. Sure enough, in 2006, Monte Bello cabernet took first prize in the thirtieth anniversary reprise of that “Judgement of Paris” tasting,

The redwood winery and office buildings are reminiscent of a rural American idyll with a front porch and, a curly-tailed Samoyed on hand to greet visitors. Along with zinfandel and Amerian oak barrels, they are a passion of Draper’s. His success is built on a natural approach to his craft, never applying a set formula and instead altering his techniques in the winery to best express the character of the vineyard. Low yields of concentrated grapes are produced from the cool mountain climate – they are picked block by block to ensure maximum ripeness and high quality, The emphasis here is on pure California flavours, with a more European-inspired emphasis on balance rather than power.

Ridge have vineyards in two regions in California: the Santa Cruz Mountains, home to the Monte Bello vineyard and richly flavoured chardonnay and stylish Bordeaux blends; and Sonoma, where the Lytton Springs and Geyserville vineyards show the real calibre of zinfandel ‘field blends’. Monte Bello cabernet now has cult status, not perhaps Draper’s most original contribution to the California wine scene is to have taken the zinfandel to a level far above the jug wine territory the grape had traditionally occupied.
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California Vintage 2019

2019 was, notwithstanding some terrible fires, a very good one.A long warm summer made up for wet weather in the spring and the growing season was long. Harvesting was carried out without the necessity to rush anything, and most fruit was safely gathered in when wildfires broke out late in October. Some wineries were devastated by the flames but most came away unscathed and with little smoke taint affecting the wines. White varieties show excellent potential, as does pinot noir, but most reds show very well in a very good vintage.

JancisRobinson.com

Dark black-berry and cherry fruit, herbal notes, spices and subtle oak. A great example of Ridge winemaking which seems to represent excellent value. Lots to chew on but not at all coarse or drying. Just...
Dark black-berry and cherry fruit, herbal notes, spices and subtle oak. A great example of Ridge winemaking which seems to represent excellent value. Lots to chew on but not at all coarse or drying. Just thought-provoking and good value.
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