Appellation: Alexander Valley, Sonoma County First (commercial) vintage: 1966
• The oldest vines farmed by Ridge: the ‘OldPatch’, planted in 1882 • Varieties are intermingled in the vineyard
• A single, consistent strip of soil: deep gravelly loam with river rocks • Excellent drainage and heat retention
A co-fermented single-vineyard field blend of Zinfandel, Carignane, Petite Sirah and Alicante Bouschet, Geyserville harks back to the first wave of California winemaking in the late 19th century – not least because the oldest parcel of vines still producing here was planted in 1882. Back then, Zinfandel reigned supreme; it provides fruit and lushness, while Carignane adds acidity and Petite Sirah contributes colour and structure. Though delicious young, Geyserville ages beautifully for over a decade.