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Red
1996 Château Lagrange (St. Julien) Red Bordeaux Blend
11/4/2021 - Geoff Likes this wine:
95 points
Slo ox for 5 hours, one hour decant. Carbon copy of my last notes, but even better. Stunning wine. Last bottle. Only wish I had more.
  • Geoff commented:

    11/5/21, 9:24 AM - PT, Thanks for the comments.. Truely an inspiring wine and you are lucky to have so much left. Good drinking! I'm looking forward to fall, cooler weather and red wine drinking.

Red
2002 Château Lynch-Bages Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
The 2002 Lynch-Bages is showing brilliantly, after a four-hour double decant, wafting from the glass with an utterly classic nose of cassis and loamy soil mingled with hints of cedar and oak vanillin. Medium to full-bodied, concentrated and layered, with plenty of rich, powdery tannins and lively acids, as its structure begins to melt, the wine's depth and length is becoming more and more apparent.
  • Geoff commented:

    10/3/21, 5:13 AM - William, Glad to see your post after I had finished posting. As fall rolls around, my thoughts always turn to red Bordeaux, and I was excited to retaste the 2002 Lynch Bages. This was a beautiful, complex, elegant and sophisticated wine. I appreciate your ability to translate your sensory experience into verbal elucidation. I know that is your job, and I enjoy your work with The Wine Advocate, but I am pleased to see what you are personally drinking for your own pleasure and that we have similar tastes. Incidentally, I also persued a 4 hour decant with that wine, all be it a single decant, which I felt really helped open it up. I had a nice reference point from the prior two nights, consisting of a 2001 Montrose and a 2004 La Dame de Montrose (which was amazing, by the way). Regards, Geoff Coates

Red
2015 Carlisle Zinfandel Pagani Ranch Sonoma Valley
1/12/2021 - Geoff Likes this wine:
93 points
Very nice classy zin, full bodied but civilized, tannins softening, beautiful plush fruit, long finish.
  • Geoff commented:

    1/14/21, 5:35 AM - Definitely enjoyable now and definitely long life ahead. I'd say drink between now and 2025-6, perhaps longer.

Red
2016 Carlisle Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard Russian River Valley
8/18/2019 - Geoff Likes this wine:
93 points
Really nice wine with Beautiful lilting nose of both red and dark fruit, faint smoke, oak, medium to full bodied, sweet balanced tannins, long finish. Very enjoyable.
  • Geoff commented:

    8/19/19, 12:24 PM - Mark, Not my experience at all. I like to give the younger Carlisles a little air, so I slo oxed this bottle for about 4 hours before consumption. The nose was medium to strong from the git go and remained throughout the evening meal. I have found the 2016zinfandels to be the best that Mike has ever made. All of them very enjoyable and easy to drink with very high quality. What has been your experience?

  • Geoff commented:

    8/25/19, 5:13 AM - Mark, I had to try the 2016 Papera and I did over several days. Not at all to my liking. The major flaw I found was an over powering green, leafy, stemmy, chlorophyl note, which has never appealed to me. I notice Mike seems to like this, especially in his syrah based wines. He uses a lot of whole cluster fermentation in the Syrahs and not so much in the zins. I didn't notice any brett though. Perhaps a bad bottle.

Red
2012 Antica Terra Pinot Noir Antikythera Eola - Amity Hills
11/23/2018 - Geoff Likes this wine:
95 points
Beautiful nose with depth of fruit, dark redmand some blue notes as well. very good mouthfell,tannins present but receding, bright but not overly acidic, balanced, some secondary notes just beginning to evolve. Long finish. Very nice wine.
  • Geoff commented:

    11/24/18, 7:01 AM - Interesting that you ask. Initially I opened this wine on Thanksgiving 2 hours prior to consumption. No decanting I had also opened several other wines including a 1993 Leoville Las Cases and several nice whites. Some at the table did not prefer a red with the grilled turkey, and only drank the whites. That left me with the Antikythera. I only drank a regular pour glass of that wine an then recorked and refrigerated. Initially it was a bit brighter, but the same profile. So it was opened a total of 31 hours total before complete consumption. On Friday, my wife and I finished the bottle with a beautiful steak for dinner. It had actually improved since initial tasting with a slight resolution of the tannins and smoothing of the mouthfeel with a deepening of all flavors. I find this unusual for a Pinot Noir to do this, but very pleasing. I would tell you that this wine is drinking very well right now, but there is no rush, because it has a moderate life in front of it. No problem drinking it either now or later, if you prefer.

Red
2009 Saxum Bone Rock James Berry Vineyard Paso Robles Syrah Blend, Syrah
7/13/2016 - Geoff Likes this wine:
95 points
Doesn't get much better than this. Tremendous nose of mixed dark fruit. Tannins present, but not overpowering. Smooth, complex, delicious. Everything in balance, long finish. Just a delight!
  • Geoff commented:

    7/14/16, 8:39 AM - This one was decanted for about an hour for aeration. I find the Saxums all benefit from breathing. They are all very full bodied. I wouldn't hesitate to give this one even more time in the decanter.

Red
2000 Château d'Armailhac Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
5/19/2013 - Geoff Likes this wine:
91 points
Everything nice, mild secondary notes. Not blockbuster, but everything in place. No overt tannins, smooth. Pretty palate and long on the finish.
  • Geoff commented:

    5/20/13, 1:47 PM - I think its ready. Probably at its apogee.

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