Ridge Geyserville 2008
Grape: 74% Zinfandel, 20% Carignan and 6% Petite Syrah
Where: Sonoma, California
Foods: Chilli, Lamb Tikka and BBQ Ribs
Story: Organic and Sustainable
Big food needs a lot of wine and the Ridge Geyserville is a terrific example of that.
Even on the nose the alcohol squares up with some mulberry, morello cherry jam, a faint mocha smell as well as some robust clove and juniper. On the palate all of the above ring true with some more dry spices and sandalwood. The wine yields some solid tannin, good acidity to balance out the hefty alcohol. While big this is a well balanced wine.
Even with 4 years under the belt this youngster could do with some more time to mature. That said it did front with the chilli but is also worthy enough to enjoy it own.... and indeed it's always bigger than California.
Available from D Vine Wine.