Geyser Peak Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
Known for luscious Cabernet Sauvignons, this wine is a classic example of Geyser Peak Winery's intense, lively style. Forward fruit characters of black cherry and blackberry dominate the aromas, with underlying grace notes of dark chocolate and spice.
In typical Geyser Peak style, the bright fruit is nicely supported by a restrained oak character. The palate is rich, round and lush, seamlessly pairing the cherry and berry fruit with a hint of spice and vanilla. The fine-grained tannins meld into a persistent, lingering finish.
The Wine News - "Heady, forward aromas of blueberry, plum and mint with hints of charred oak and graphite. Supple and ripe with accessible black fruit flavors laced with soft tannins and tempered acidity. A touch of youthful astringency in the close checks the sweetness; drinking nicely right now."
Geyser Peak Winery
One of California's oldest and most award-winning wineries, Geyser Peak was founded in 1880, a pioneer of the Alexander Valley in Sonoma County. Perched on a hillside across from Geyser Peak Mountain, this beautiful setting overlooks Geyserville, the Russian River and the northern end of Alexander Valley.
The winery consistently garners some of the most prestigious awards in winemaking, including Winery of the Year and Winemaker of the Year honors. Its outstanding team of winemakers and viticulturalists are noted for fruit-forward, food-friendly wines from prime vineyard sources in the Alexander Valley. View all Geyser Peak Wines
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Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the Joneses, or Napa-ites if you will. Grape varieties are more varied here, from Pinot Noir and Zinfandel to Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
Notable FactsThe largest sub-AVAs of Sonoma include Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and Sonoma Valley. Each sub-AVA, with its own micro-climate, is unique in its grape varieties and styles of wine. Dry Creek makes a mean Zinfandel while Russian River produces stand up Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Alexander Valley makes some of the better Cabernet Sauvignons in the county and Sonoma Valley creates excellent wines from all the above varieties. Other grapes found throughout Sonoma include Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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16 ratings, 12 with reviewsMike Conza - Canton, MA31/9/2010The Wine News review of "aromas of blueberry, plum and mint with hints of charred oak and graphite" is poetic license to the extreme. Bottom line -- this is a pleasant, smooth and moderately fruity cabernet - but ultimately I found it somewhat wattery, non-descript and unmemorable. The tannins are light, and it drinks fine right now (Jan 2010). Given the price, its a good cab to break out toword the end of a larger dinner party; but I would not put this out early (ie, while palates are still discerning). I bought two bottles - won't be buying more.Jeffrey Hughes - Milford, CT412/20/2008This wine definitely needs at least two hours to breathe. Very sharp taste when first opened, but two hours later it has a smooth finish with wonderful undertones. My recommendation is Rutherford Hills Cab if you can find it at a reasonable cost. "Peace for us all, peace for mankind. Peace is not an awful lot to ask." Neil Young quote from their newest cd. Peace out, JJHSane Montana Guy - Missoula, MT311/14/2009A little rough, perhaps it needed longer decant time or more bottle aging. For my taste there are better wines in this price range.22/9/2010This is a light and mildly pleasant wine...an 81 out of 100...the issue is quality for price...you can find better at a lower price point.Healliam - Las Vegas, NV21/30/201239/21/2011Sparky G - Simsbury, CT312/29/2009Good solid Cab for $15.00. Will maybe try the 2006, but too many choices getting in the way.WineDog - Burdett, NY56/20/201135/29/2011This is a very solid Cab, used it as a party wine in 2009 because the price was so good but it does stand on its own with dinner too.54/21/201144/15/2011
great product for the price.Peter Bradley - Walnut Creek, CA42/5/2010I serve this wine when we have guests over. It is very reliable and a good value when on sale (under $15). Fresh and fruit forward with a decent finish it is easy to match with lots of entrees. Seems we always dip into a second bottle, too.Timothy Heagy - Crystal Lake, IL59/24/2009What a great deal, and with the shipping program that pays for itself on the first shippment you cannot go wrong. A very good Cabernet for a exceptional price.richard abrams - Dobbs Ferry, NY58/28/2009ONE OF THE BEST CAB SAUV AVAILABLE AT THE PRICESherwinMB - FORT BELVOIR, VA48/28/2009Very intense and flavorfulcesar paris - Haverstraw, NY412/28/2009delicious taste
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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