Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Review: *** $ Geja's (Gejas) Private Reserve Big Bold Red, California, 2007, 2012 (BEST VALUE)

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By way of background: This is a fairly generic sounding red wine with no descriptions about types of grapes or locations of the vineyards, other than the broad expanse of "California".  Following a sampling of the 2007 vintage in 2011, I sampled the 2012 vintage in 2014.

Initial review of 2012 vintage, October, 2014:  Deep red brick in the glass.  At room temperature, shows a deep and husky plum.  Round, rich and plumy on the palate too, with blue fruit aromatics that bring me back to the review of the 2007 version.  Consistent three star rating.

Initial review, April, 2011: This is Geja's (Gejas) Private Reserve Big Bold Red, California, 2007, finished at 13.5% alcohol.  Don't let the fancy name fool you.  "Private" and "reserve" have no specific meaning in California, and this wine contains no information about its genesis or heritage.  It is made by Baya Cellars in Morgan Hill, California.

In the glass: Medium deep red with hints of brick at the edges. 

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows shy light purple aromas with a touch of funk.   From the aroma, seems like this will be somewhat dry, perhaps thin.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact much sweeter and rounder than I anticipated.  Brings tangy blueberries forward to the middle of your mouth.  These are surrounded by some vanilla oak.  Simple flavors, but pleasant.  The finish is fast, but clean.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making it a best value at its bargain price.

Following long decant:  Full day kept cool in partially-filled bottle... Funk is gone from the nose now, which remains shy but is clean and fresh.  Still simple, light blueberry on the palate.  Held together well.

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4 comments:

  1. This wine is neither big nor bold and calling it a "private reserve" is a stretch. It's quite possibly the worst wine I have ever corked. We took a sip and dump the remaining down the drain. Reminded me of vinegar with a touch of grapefruit. We received two bottles through Wine Insiders by way of Groupon and were reminded of a classic lesson...you get what you pay for. Never again will we buy from Wine Insiders.

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    1. Wish I had read this before I bought the groupon. I was going to use these as gifts, but sounds too awful and embarassing to give. Now what...expensive cooking wine?

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  2. This wine is neither big nor bold and calling it a "private reserve" is a stretch. It's quite possibly the worst wine I have ever corked. We took a sip and dump the remaining down the drain. Reminded me of vinegar with a touch of grapefruit. We received two bottles through Wine Insiders by way of Groupon and were reminded of a classic lesson...you get what you pay for. Never again will we buy from Wine Insiders.

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  3. Thanks for your update. Vinegar with a touch of grapefruit does sound quite a bit worse than my experience two years ago with the 2007, so the quality may be on a really bad trajectory.

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