A first look revealed immense promise. Despite having been in barrel for a mere six months, it's already offering up complex aromas of raspberries, blackberries and exotic spice. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, pure and succulent, with superb concentration, a lovely line of ripe acidity and a chalky, fine-grained finish. Baugher believes it will be one of the best renditions of Geyserville in a decade !
The Fine Wine Review: 94/100 This is a great bottle of Geyserville, one that will repay your cellaring of the wine. It is dense, concentrated & balanced with spicy red and dark fruit. The oak still shows, but will fade over a few years. Expect a long lifetime (a couple of decades at least) for this wine.
Antonio Galloni's Vinous.com: 92+/100 The 2017 Zinfandel Geyserville exudes energy, but it is also very tight and closed in on itself. Time in the glass helps the wine open up, but only to a limited extent. Pretty scents of leather, savory herbs, spice and earthiness hint at what is to come. Readers should plan on being patient, but Ridge lovers know that. In most years, Geyserville starts hitting its stride around age ten.
JebDunnuck.com: 91/100 The 2017 Geyserville is pretty, streamlined example of this cuvée and offers plenty of spiced blue fruits, violets, cedarwood, and flowery incense. Medium-bodied, nicely concentrated, with firm focusing tannins, yet is beautifully balanced, has integrated acidity and tannins, and a great finish.