TN; 2018 Ridge Geyserville

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TN; 2018 Ridge Geyserville

#1 Post by MitchTallan » November 13th, 2020, 7:03 am

Last night I found this on a local wine list for $55.
No particular descriptors come to mind and I am pretty much past trying to describe wine with the typical wine verbiage.
I am posting to say this-it is an utterly special Geezer. It is not as voluptuous as the '13 but it shares the immediate appeal the '13 had upon release.
It is completely open for business. The balance is impeccable. It is silky (I guess I came up with some typical verbiage after all).
I bought a case on release directly from Ridge. Now I am thinking I want another.

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#2 Post by Mark C Johnson » November 13th, 2020, 7:59 am

A recent 2018 Ridge Ponzo was delicious and very drinkable. Sounds like a wise decision to stock up on the Geezer!

Thanks for the data point.
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#3 Post by D@vid Bu3ker » November 13th, 2020, 8:00 am

Thanks Mitch. Will keep an eye out. My Pagani and Lytton are on the way.
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#4 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » November 13th, 2020, 8:39 am

Thanks, Mitch. Yea, that 2013 was something else on release!
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#5 Post by S. Rash » November 13th, 2020, 8:48 am

I have the '18 Geezer and Pagani in my cellar, but this makes me want to get more bottles!! Thanks Mitch
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#6 Post by TimF » November 13th, 2020, 9:19 am

Got a case. Been seeing a lot of people say this isn’t ready yet so I’ve been waiting. $55 is a really nice restaurant price.
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#7 Post by Tyler F. » November 13th, 2020, 9:45 am

Bought a case of the Lytton and a half case of the Geyserville and Pagani. Might need to grab more Geezer!
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#8 Post by MitchTallan » November 13th, 2020, 10:02 am

$55 is a really nice restaurant price.
I joined Columbus's Athletic Club back in February. It is the only restaurant my wife and I will go to indoors. All of the wine on their list is pretty much retail plus $10. They have a fair amount of hard to get wine too. Saw three different Saxums. But those don't tempt me a bit.

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#9 Post by NickRut » November 13th, 2020, 11:45 am

I have 6 of these. This makes me think I should’ve went with 12. Great review. Thanks sir.
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#10 Post by Peter Valiquette » November 13th, 2020, 6:58 pm

Ridge Geyserville is pretty much the benchmark Zinfandel blend for me. Anytime I try another zin I’m always comparing it in my mind to Geyserville. I especially loved the 2012.

Pegani Ranch is probably my second favorite in their lineup.

Lytton Springs is too dark and clunky for me.

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#11 Post by MitchTallan » November 14th, 2020, 6:38 am

Lytton Springs is too dark and clunky for me.
Agreed. It used to be quite good but more variable. Now I find it too ripe, sweet, and monolithic.
Back in the '80's and '90's I recall the LS being more consistent and some Geezers being lean and tannic.
I suspect it is the warmer climate.

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#12 Post by Ed Steinway » November 14th, 2020, 6:56 am

+1 on the 2018 Geyserville. I think it is as good as the 2013 and 2015 vintages for Geyserville. I usually buy a few each year, and went back and bought more half bottles after trying it.

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#13 Post by joejolesch » November 14th, 2020, 2:13 pm

Looking at CT, we’ve opened 5 of these in the last two months; 3 of them were within two weeks. I’d like to follow at least 4 of them as they age but at this rate that’s going to mean another case!

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#14 Post by Jim Stewart » November 14th, 2020, 2:18 pm

joejolesch wrote:
November 14th, 2020, 2:13 pm
Looking at CT, we’ve opened 5 of these in the last two months; 3 of them were within two weeks. I’d like to follow at least 4 of them as they age but at this rate that’s going to mean another case!
No detailed TN needed with that rate of consumption, Joe. Even I can read between the lines! Thanks. [cheers.gif]
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#15 Post by Wes Barton » November 14th, 2020, 4:26 pm

Agree this is an excellent vintage of a great wine. Quintessential back-up-the truck wine, since it drinks so well now and will age well. Buy more than you will drink young, and don't feel any pressure to keep your hands off them.
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#16 Post by P Intag » November 14th, 2020, 6:23 pm

MitchTallan wrote:
November 14th, 2020, 6:38 am
Lytton Springs is too dark and clunky for me.
Agreed. It used to be quite good but more variable. Now I find it too ripe, sweet, and monolithic.
Back in the '80's and '90's I recall the LS being more consistent and some Geezers being lean and tannic.
I suspect it is the warmer climate.
I don't drink much Ridge, but I recently had a 2007 LS that was beautiful and on the restrained side and then followed by a 2009 Geyserville that was ripe and sweet. Is that consistent with those vintages but not what is typical?
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#17 Post by joejolesch » November 14th, 2020, 6:45 pm

Jim Stewart wrote:
November 14th, 2020, 2:18 pm
joejolesch wrote:
November 14th, 2020, 2:13 pm
Looking at CT, we’ve opened 5 of these in the last two months; 3 of them were within two weeks. I’d like to follow at least 4 of them as they age but at this rate that’s going to mean another case!
No detailed TN needed with that rate of consumption, Joe. Even I can read between the lines! Thanks. [cheers.gif]
Ha, thanks Jim! Although reading my last tasting note, it wasn’t exactly detailed [cheers.gif]

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#18 Post by Pat Martin » November 14th, 2020, 9:53 pm

Another vote for the great 2013 Geyserville but I admit, the vintage I really dig these days is the 2009.

Had some 07 Lytton Springs recently, which I didn’t like really.
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#19 Post by Steve Brickley » November 15th, 2020, 9:47 pm

Agree this is special. Bought 29 in various format including 375ml and already we’ve had 19 of them. The other one I’d add is the 18 Ridge Evangelho. I’m on my second case of this with one shared with my daughter. We’re going to try Ridge’s and Bedrock’s 18 Evangelho side by side.
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#20 Post by Ian Alper » November 15th, 2020, 10:02 pm

Eric agrees with y'all!

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#21 Post by Steve Brickley » November 16th, 2020, 9:31 am

Wes Barton wrote:
November 14th, 2020, 4:26 pm
Agree this is an excellent vintage of a great wine. Quintessential back-up-the truck wine, since it drinks so well now and will age well. Buy more than you will drink young, and don't feel any pressure to keep your hands off them.
Spot on Wes.
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#22 Post by joejolesch » November 21st, 2020, 7:30 pm

Got 4 more this week and opened another tonight - it was delicious as usual and perfectly complemented a smoked Duroc pork shoulder [cheers.gif]

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