Stephanie had a stressful week at work, so I tried to help her take the edge off with an excellent meal and a nice bottle of wine. The meal included braised country-style pork ribs in natural jus, potatoes sauteed in goose fat, and green beans. The wine was one of my favorite American bottlings, Ridge's Geyserville zinfandel blend.
The 2005 vintage celebrates the wine's 40th anniversary, indicating just how long Paul Draper has been exploring zinfandel's possibilities. The zin is blended, as usual, with small amounts of carinagne and petite sirah which, to my palate, make the wine more earthy and food friendly than most American zins. Looking back at my review of the 2004, there seems to be considerable similarity between vintages, although the newer wine has less tannin and acidity at its core. Look for big yet balanced dark fruit flavors and a controlled ripeness that always ensures the wine will go well with game, pork, duck, and Thanksgiving turkey.