Ridge Vineyards - Thomas Keller's favorite varietal & winery

With many variations of it’s largest production varietal, Zinfandel, Ridge continues to build on old traditions, harvesting fruit from vines that are over 100 years old, and making single-vineyard wines since 1962. World-famous chef, Thomas Keller, has ranked this vineyard among his favorites, and for good reason. This bottle, the 2006 Ridge Geyserville Zinfandel from Sonoma County, is a 40th anniversary vintage from the Geyserville estate, and pays homage to its non-industrial, natural approach to winemaking, letting the terroir of the estate shine. It uses no chemicals, and only natural yeast fermentation in the process. The result is a beautiful array of rich purple color, scents of plum, dark chocolate, and paprika, and a taste that begins as sweet, juicy and supple dark fruit, and finishes with a long velvety structure that lingers on and on. Overall, a gorgeous young Zinfandel, and ready to drink now. You could hold on to this, but it’s still a fairly easy find. The ’06 blend is 70% Zinfandel, 18% Carignane, 10% Petite Sirah, and 2% Mataro (or Mourvedre as you may know it). It’s one of California’s hidden treasures, and there are many different Ridge Zinfandels to try – all single-vineyard, all under $35. -JT

2006 RIDGE Geyserville Sonoma County


Related Scores: WS-90, ST-91, W&S-92
Market Price: $35

Recommended Pairings:
Fig-Stuffed Roasted Pork Loin (from Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc)
(example: http://sugarandspice-celeste.blogspot.com/2009/12/ad-hocs-fig-stuffed-roast-pork-loin.html )

Related Articles:
Chef Talk: Thomas Keller (Wine Spectator) http://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/Chef-Talk-Thomas-Keller_3442