From time to time I will include in my blog wines that aren’t necessarily expensive but go slightly above the $25 per bottle parameter that is the premise for this blog. One such wine is from the ever popular producer Ridge out of Sonoma County, CA-the Ridge Geyserville Red 2007. Ridge has been producing highly rated red wines for over 40 years. This is the first of their wines that I have tasted. The Geyserville Red is a zinfandel blend composed of 58% zinfandel, 22% carignane, 18% petite syrah, and 2% mataro. This variety has an earthy aroma with flavors of blackberries and plums. Notes of pepper, spices, and some light oak were also present. The presence of tannins and acidity give way to a really nice finish. This wine has all the character and flavor that I look for in red. If you are looking for a good quality wine to take to a dinner party this would be an excellent choice. It retails for less than $50 per bottle and can be held for a decent period of time. Ridge Geyserville Red has been rated 91 points by Wine Spectator.