TN: 2010 Ridge Geyserville (USA, California, Sonoma County)

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TN: 2010 Ridge Geyserville (USA, California, Sonoma County)

#1 Post by M. Dildine » July 7th, 2020, 4:10 pm

  • 2010 Ridge Geyserville - USA, California, Sonoma County (7/7/2020)
    14.3% abv. Medium ruby, very expressive aromatics. On the palate, ripe plum, raspberry, blue fruit, sage and a lifting floral note on the finish. Plus depth and length. In a superb place that combines youthful vibrancy with emerging secondary flavors.Years of life remaining. Geyserville is a treasure. (96 pts.)
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#2 Post by Todd F r e n c h » July 7th, 2020, 4:55 pm

I’m trying really hard to save some of my Geezers to let them age, but it doesn’t go over well. I have to put them in the offsite wine storage so my wife won’t open them. I really look forward to trying some of the secondary characteristics as they develop. Interesting there still is a liveliness in this wine after 10 years. Thanks,Mike
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#3 Post by M. Dildine » July 7th, 2020, 5:40 pm

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
July 7th, 2020, 4:55 pm
I’m trying really hard to save some of my Geezers to let them age, but it doesn’t go over well. I have to put them in the offsite wine storage so my wife won’t open them. I really look forward to trying some of the secondary characteristics as they develop. Interesting there still is a liveliness in this wine after 10 years. Thanks,Mike
Todd, Geyserville is a crazy wine. At age 3 or 4, a very worthy, tasty BBQ Zin. At age 8 or 10, an emerging claret-style prize. At age 12-15+ an absolute world-class wine. This wine has as long a drinking window as any I can think of - but it is constantly evolving. As good a wine value as I am aware of.

I'm like you though Todd, I can't keep my hands off of them. This was (alas) my last '10. And by far, my best.

'18s (exceptional quality) are still available from the winery. i may have to go back for a second dip.
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#4 Post by Bryan Price » July 7th, 2020, 8:45 pm

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
July 7th, 2020, 4:55 pm
I’m trying really hard to save some of my Geezers to let them age, but it doesn’t go over well. I have to put them in the offsite wine storage so my wife won’t open them. I really look forward to trying some of the secondary characteristics as they develop. Interesting there still is a liveliness in this wine after 10 years. Thanks,Mike
I bought a half case of the 2014 and they didn't last more than 6 months. A case of both the 2015 and 2016 and they are gone. Incredible value at around (~$45?) - I hope Ridge doesn't realize this.
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#5 Post by Curtis Chen » July 7th, 2020, 9:45 pm

Geyservilles are impossible to age for two reasons:

1) They're so good that I can't hold off on what I have
2) I never buy enough because I tell myself to spend the money on more serious wine

Tough cycle.
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#6 Post by Chris Seiber » July 7th, 2020, 11:02 pm

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
July 7th, 2020, 4:55 pm
I’m trying really hard to save some of my Geezers to let them age, but it doesn’t go over well. I have to put them in the offsite wine storage so my wife won’t open them. I really look forward to trying some of the secondary characteristics as they develop. Interesting there still is a liveliness in this wine after 10 years. Thanks,Mike
I think they cruise to 20-25 years from most vintages, and probably many can go longer. You're smart to put them away so you can see how they become. It's like Kabinett and Spatlese -- the ease of drinking them younger can cheat you out of how much better they'll get if you wait 15+ years.

There are a few bottles here and there of old vintages on the secondary market, but when there is, the price has appreciated a great deal, so it's better if you can age your own.

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#7 Post by Scott Jameson » July 8th, 2020, 4:33 am

M. Dildine wrote:
July 7th, 2020, 5:40 pm
Todd F r e n c h wrote:
July 7th, 2020, 4:55 pm
I’m trying really hard to save some of my Geezers to let them age, but it doesn’t go over well. I have to put them in the offsite wine storage so my wife won’t open them. I really look forward to trying some of the secondary characteristics as they develop. Interesting there still is a liveliness in this wine after 10 years. Thanks,Mike
Todd, Geyserville is a crazy wine. At age 3 or 4, a very worthy, tasty BBQ Zin. At age 8 or 10, an emerging claret-style prize. At age 12-15+ an absolute world-class wine. This wine has as long a drinking window as any I can think of - but it is constantly evolving. As good a wine value as I am aware of.

I'm like you though Todd, I can't keep my hands off of them. This was (alas) my last '10. And by far, my best.

'18s (exceptional quality) are still available from the winery. i may have to go back for a second dip.
Locally, Total Wine has the 2018 Geyserville priced at $38, less 10% when you buy 6 or more bottles. I'm thinking about going back for my fourth dip [cheers.gif]

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#8 Post by TimF » July 8th, 2020, 5:54 am

Todd F r e n c h wrote:
July 7th, 2020, 4:55 pm
I’m trying really hard to save some of my Geezers to let them age, but it doesn’t go over well.
I vividly remember buying a case of 2005. Gone in less than 12 months. [swearing.gif]
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#9 Post by Ed Steinway » July 8th, 2020, 7:11 am

M. Dildine wrote:
'18s (exceptional quality) are still available from the winery. i may have to go back for a second dip
Yep. I bought one to try. Went back to get some more. Will probably get a few more. Another in a long line of excellent, age-worthy Geyserville's.

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#10 Post by dsimmons » July 8th, 2020, 12:02 pm

Love Geyserville's, especially with some age on them. Unfortunately I don't have any '10's. I had an '09 a few months ago that was excellent.
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#11 Post by Curtis Chen » July 8th, 2020, 12:17 pm

A case of 2008s just dropped for $44.99 each: https://klwines.com/p/i?i=1056210&searc ... rchRank=60
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