Geyser Peak River Ranches Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Sauvignon Blanc from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
We were immediately struck by the bright aromatics of this wine. Dominated by aromas of lime, lemon, and floral notes and intensified by intriguing hints of wet pebble, snap pea and honeydew melon, this is a fruit driven yet complex style of Sauvignon Blanc. Lime and citrus flavors form the core of the palate, which is balanced by bright, lively acidity and a lasting impression of citrus with a flinty mineral finish. The quintessential summer apéritif, this wine also pairs beautifully with oysters, fresh chèvre and ceviche or just by itself.
Wine Enthusiast - "Wow. What a nice white wine. It may have a little oak - the winery doesn't say- but it's basically stainless steel-fermented. which allows the Meyer lemon, lime, peach and papaya flavors to star. Brightened with crisp acidity, it's beautiful as cocktail sipper, and with shrimp cocktail, pot stickers, a nice roast chicken. Contains 2% Viognier. Editors' Choice. "
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
About Russian RiverView a map of Russian River wineries
The Russian River Valley is named as such due to its proximity to the Russian River, the river itself named for the Russian fur traders who came down from Alaska in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The Russian River is agricultural land. While there is a focus on wine, beyond the vineyards are many small, family-owned farms cultivating everything from cattle to Christmas trees.
Notable FactsThe proximity of this cool river and the rolling fogs from the Pacific Ocean make the area amenable to cool-climate grapes like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. In fact, the region is quite known for its full-bodied, yet elegant Pinot Noir, as well as their ripe, yet lean Chardonnays. Within Russian River Valley lie the smaller appellations of Chalk Hill and Green Valley. Chalk Hill is the warmer of the two and furthest from the ocean, while Green Valley is cooler and closer to the water.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country unto 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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