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Tasting Notes for Geoff

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White
1/26/2022 - Geoff Likes this wine:
95 points
Tropical fruit, neutral oak, balance, finesse, sophistication. Delightful wine.
Red
1/24/2022 - Geoff Likes this wine:
98 points
In my cellar since release. One hour slo-ox, 3 hour decant. Distinct strong nose of peanuts rushed from the bottle on opening. So much that I asked my wife if she was eating or using peanuts. She was not. This was striking but had dissapated by the time I decanted the wine an hour later. Dark color, but not as dark as most SQNs, with a reddish twinge. The wine had a nose of red and dark fruit, cherries and blackberries, with layers of secondary and floral notes. Smooth in the mouth with resolved fine sweet tannins. Over the top nuances which progressed in waves. The wine continued to evolve in the glass and became more complex through the evening. Full bodied, but pleasantly so, and less so than many SQNs. Dare I say civilized, balanced and elegant. Very long and pleasing finish, adding even more nuances. This is a great wine. I was interested in the peanut nose, and read other tasting notes after finishing the bottle. I was surprised to find a note by Rosingoo from 09/05/2019 which described the same phenomenon. Niether of us had ever smelled that before from a bottle of wine. He assumed he had a flawed bottle. I continued with a moderate decant and was pleased to find a remarkable wine.
Red
1/21/2022 - Geoff Likes this wine:
91 points
Beautiful fruit, structure, balanced acidity. Medium to full bodied. a little too much alcohol for me and a green note on the finish.
Red
1998 Clos René Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/20/2022 - Geoff Likes this wine:
93 points
1 hour decant. Beautiful nose of dark fruit, oak, leather, road tar and many complex nuances. Medium tannins, smooth on the palate. A balanced and expressive wine. Long finish. Very enjoyable.
Red
1/19/2022 - Geoff Likes this wine:
92 points
Medium to full bodied, floral, balanced tannins. Very enjoyable.
Red
1/17/2022 - Geoff Likes this wine:
90 points
Aging very nicely. Still plenty of fruit, smooth sweet tannins and some secondary notes. A little green note on the late finish. Very nice.
Red
2015 Saxum James Berry Vineyard Paso Robles Willow Creek District Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
1/13/2022 - Geoff Likes this wine:
93 points
Nice wine. A little young and some green notes on the finish. Hopefully will come together over time.
Red
2008 Château Gloria St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/12/2022 - Geoff Likes this wine:
90 points
Very solid and satisfying cru bourgeois.
Red
1/10/2022 - Geoff Likes this wine:
94 points
4 hour slo ox, 1 hour decant. Beautiful nose of sweet red/dark fruit with a bit of secodary notes just beginning. Oak and spice box add to the fun. Medium bodied with sweet smooth tannins in good balance with the fruit. Long pleasant finish. Very nice, deft touch by Aaron and a joy to not be a big bash you over the head Cali cab.
Red
2015 Saxum G2 Vineyard Paso Robles Willow Creek District Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
1/8/2022 - Geoff Likes this wine:
95 points
Beutiful fruit, full bodied, smooth resolving but present tannins, some secondary notes. Long finish with just a hint of green.
Red
1/5/2022 - Geoff Likes this wine:
90 points
Good fruit, balance, resolving tannins, multiple layers of development. Only downside id persisteb green noteson the finish.
Red
2004 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/3/2022 - Geoff Likes this wine:
93 points
PNP, needed at least 1-2 hour decant. What a beautiful wine. Drinking very well right now and has the fruit, tannins and structure to last a while longer.
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Red
12/31/2021 - Geoff Likes this wine:
99 points
Immaculate bottle, in my cellar since release. Slo-ox for 4 hours, decated off moderate sediment and served. Deep dark color. Impenatrable Spectacular nose of dark, lushious fruit, spicebox, leather, road tar, with multiple layers of secondary and tertiary notes. Could smell the nose all night long. Keeps you coming back. Smooth on the palate with resolved sweet tannins. More of the nose on the palate. All well integrated and balanced. Finishes long and quite memorable. Perfect except that after several hours in the glass, it started to lose just a tad of its luster. All in all, WOTY for me. Not bad for $75 on release. Fortunately I still have two magnums and four 750s.
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White - Sparkling
12/31/2021 - Geoff Likes this wine:
90 points
Well made wine, but a little sweeter than I like.
Red
12/28/2021 - Geoff Likes this wine:
94 points
Slight green taste on the finish. Otherwise nice fruit, smooth tannins and mouthfeel, long finish.
White
2018 Sine Qua Non Aperta Central Coast White Blend (view label images)
12/27/2021 - Geoff Likes this wine:
96 points
PNP. Should have decanted for several hours - evolved very well in the glass. Nose and color belie Roussanne. On the palate, more chardonnay notes, smooth, intergrated tannins. Balanced structure. Very interesting and fun to drink.
Red
12/24/2021 - Geoff Likes this wine:
98 points
Impressive nose of dark fruit and floral notes. Full bodied but light on the tongue, balanced, smooth tannins. Very slight green tones on the late finish, otherwise a potential perfect wine. Just a delight.
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Red
12/23/2021 - Geoff Likes this wine:
89 points
Plenty of fruit left, strong tannins, somewhat out of balance. Green notes on the finish. That part not to my liking.
Red
2015 Saxum Broken Stones Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
12/21/2021 - Geoff Likes this wine:
95 points
Tremendous nose, prominent, but not overpowering dark fruit, smooth tannins, balanced and, dare I say, refined. Long finish. Delightful wine with power and class.
Red
1998 Clos René Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/16/2021 - Geoff Likes this wine:
95 points
More of the same from my prior note, except shorter 1 hour decant and all the flavors were more pronounced and impressive. This was good wine.
White
12/15/2021 - Geoff Likes this wine:
93 points
Nice fruit and well balanced with a touch of oak/vanilla.
Red
2013 Saxum James Berry Vineyard Paso Robles Willow Creek District Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
12/9/2021 - Geoff Likes this wine:
96 points
Really pleasing wine. 3 hour decant. Strong beautiful nose with floral, dark and red fruit notes, well integrated wood and forest and secondary notes. Tannins medium to strong, but the wine is balanced. Full bodied but yet civilized. Long finish. A treat to drink. At it's apogee.
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Red
12/7/2021 - Geoff Likes this wine:
93 points
Medium bodied, red and some darker fruit, moderate fine grained tannins, smooth mouthfeel. Not complex but balanced, well made and tasty.
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Red
12/5/2021 - Geoff Likes this wine:
92 points
Nice fruit, srong tannins which seemed a little out of balance with fruit. Overall a nice wine.
Red
12/2/2021 - Geoff Likes this wine:
95 points
Has developed beautifully. Exceptional wine from the floral nose with violets, red fruit, secondary notes, through the smooth mouthfeel and balcanced, vibrant tannins, with highlights from the bouquet to the long finish. A wine with power, restraint and class. Bravo!
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White
12/2/2021 - Geoff Likes this wine:
94 points
Clean, light, pear notes and stone fruit. Beautiful wine.
Red
11/30/2021 - Geoff Likes this wine:
92 points
Really singing. Red and some darker fruit, tannins softer, medium bodied. Very enjoyable.
Red
2004 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/29/2021 - Geoff Likes this wine:
94 points
Really hitting it's stride. Four hour slo-ox, 1 hour decant. Enticing dark fruit with multiple layers of secondary/tertiary notes, tannins present but mollified, smooth mouthfeel and long finish. Just a delight.
Red
11/25/2021 - Geoff Likes this wine:
94 points
Very nice wine. Fruit still center stage with molified but present tannins. Nice cherry notes with some secondary notes as well. Smooth mouthfeel, with medium finish. Very enjoyable.
White
11/25/2021 - Geoff Likes this wine:
95 points
Clean, crisp, stonefruit. Pure as the driven snow. Delicious.
Red
11/24/2021 - Geoff Likes this wine:
92 points
Delicious zin with juicy red fruit, full bodied and some secondary notes appearing. Sweet tannins resoling but definitely present, civilized in the mouth. Green notes resolved. Long finish.
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Red
2008 Château Gloria St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/22/2021 - Geoff Likes this wine:
89 points
Attempt to see if longer decant would help Tannins. Not so. This bottle was a rerun of the previous bottle despite a 4 hour full decant. It didn't hurt the wine either, so perhaps next bottle will be even longer.
Red
11/20/2021 - Geoff Likes this wine:
95 points
4 hour slo ox, decant and pour. Dark color, Expressive nose of dark fruit, mild oak, cedar, eucalyptus, smoke, spices. Medium to full bodied Civilized and smooth, balanced throughout. Sweet tannins resolved, continued to evolve in the glass. Long glorious finish, making you want another sip. Wife and I both had trouble keeping this one in the glass.
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Red
2016 Castello di Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
11/12/2021 - Geoff Likes this wine:
92 points
Slo ox and decant. Very nice with pretty cherry and red fruit. Medium to full bodied, tannic, but not overly so. Nice food wine. I like my Chianti Reserva with a little age, and this could go a bit further.
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Red
11/14/2021 - Geoff Likes this wine:
95 points
Beautiful well aged Barossa Valley Shiraz. Dark, dark color with nose of dark red fruit, that sweet, enticing Barossa note, full body, sweet tannins resolved, long finish. Just a delight.
Red
11/13/2021 - Geoff Likes this wine:
95 points
4 hour slo ox, 1.5 hour decant. Alluring nose of mulberry and dark fruit, leather, smoke, oak, secondary notes and some teritary notes. Impenetrable black color. Medium to full bodied, tannins resolved, balanced,smooth mouthfeel. More of the nose on the palate with more power. Long finish. Beautiful wine. Wife and I shared with a friend who has advancing Parkinson's and his wiife. They have an extensive vertical of MR, their favorite wine (as well as d'Yquem). This bottle was from our cellar, was pristine and thoroughly enjoyed by all.
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Red
2008 Château Gloria St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
11/12/2021 - Geoff Likes this wine:
89 points
For this particular bottle. Fruit seems to be fading a bit, tannins prominent. had about a 2 hour decant. Perhaps needed more time. Still a nice wine.
Red
2014 Saxum Broken Stones Paso Robles Red Rhone Blend (view label images)
11/11/2021 - Geoff Likes this wine:
96 points
Explosive nose with dark fruit, smoke, saddle leather and some secondary notes. Smooth, full bodied, balanced, powerful yet civilized. Long long finish.
Red
11/8/2021 - Geoff Likes this wine:
98 points
Slo ox 3 hours, decant 30 min. Dark impenatrable color. Nose erupts from the glass with dark fruit, saddle leather, smoke, spice box, secondary notes. Full bodied with sweet tannins resolved. Balanced in all ways and smooth on the palate. Deep, long finish, pulls you back in for more and more. Spectacular wine.
Red
2006 Fattoria Viticcio Chianti Classico Chianti Classico DOCG Sangiovese Blend, Sangiovese (view label images)
11/7/2021 - Geoff Likes this wine:
93 points
What a lovely wine. Better with age. Medium to full bodied with tremendous complex nose with cherry, dark fruit, smoke, secondary notes, sweet tannins, smooth mouthfeel and long satisfying finish. Best aged Chianti Classico ever for me.
White
11/6/2021 - Geoff Likes this wine:
91 points
A little lighter bodied than I remember. Still, a well made and very enjoyable chardonnay with a fresh clean pallette and hints of ocean air and minerals.
Red
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.
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White
11/4/2021 - Geoff Likes this wine:
91 points
Delicious and well made wine, as usual.
Red
10/16/2021 - Geoff Likes this wine:
91 points
Pop and pour. Nice floral nose with red fruit, a touch of violets. Medium bodied. Fine grained tannins. A little more acidic than The usual BF. Slightly out of balance. Perhaps needed a several hour decant. All that not withstanding, an enjoyable bottle of wine.
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Red
10/15/2021 - Geoff Likes this wine:
93 points
Beautiful, medium bodied, floral with violets, cherries, sweet, fine tannins, medium finish. Just very enjoyable. Works as both a stand alone wine or a great food wine.
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Red
10/14/2021 - Geoff Likes this wine:
94 points
Big wine! 4 hour decant. Dark, dark color. Striking nose of dark fruit with some more subtler and pleasing developing secondary notes. Firm, but balanced tannins. Long finish. This is a big wine with a long life ahead, balanced and pleasing.
Red
10/10/2021 - Geoff Likes this wine:
93 points
Slo ox 2 hours, full decant 4 hours. Beautiful nose of dark fruit and brambles, full bodied yet amazingly supple and perhaps even civilized, strong but not overpowering tannins. Long, long finish.
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Red
10/8/2021 - Geoff wrote:
80 points
Insipid, bitey, with some fruit and a few notes of an aged Cotes-Du-Rhone. Not inspiring, but drinkable as a food wine.
Red
10/8/2021 - Geoff Likes this wine:
94 points
Beautiful fruit, balance, power yet finesse. A complete package. Very enjoyable.
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