Geyser Peak Walking Tree Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California

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Item No. 94623
  • red wine
  • WE92
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2003
  • WE92

Winemaker's Notes

Geyser Peak Block Collection wines are an expression of the unique growing conditions that exist within a handful of vineyards that consistently produce outstanding wines. Each Block Wine reflects the terroir-driven qualities of a unique site, or "block," within the vineyard.

The small, beautifully situated Walking Tree Vineyard is a newly developed site on a steep slope directly above the winery estate, planted as part of Winemaker Mick Schroeter's ongoing effort to seek out more hillside Cabernet Sauvignon vines in Alexander Valley. During the clearing of the site in 2001, our vineyard crew was struck by a remarkable tree which, over a period of months, "walked" from the vineyard's summit down the steep grade, while remaining completely upright. Thus, the vineyard seemed to name itself. Every aspect of this site's development are in keeping with the development of a world-class hillside Cabernet site. The very lean soil and substantial rock in its upper horizon lessen fertility and keep fruit and berry clusters small, while sun exposure and microclimate provide ideal ripening conditions.

The deep ruby color of this sumptuous Cabernet gives way to expressive aromas of white pepper, dark berry fruit and cassis. Aging in French oak barrels softens the otherwise firm tannins and introduces hints of toasted vanilla and leather on the palate. Luscious blueberry and blackberry flavors are refined and perfectly balanced by a spiciness that lingers on a long and elegant finish. Only 217 cases produced.

"A lovely, balanced, elegant young Cab. We're not in Napa Valley anymore, for the wine has a dried cherry herbaceousness and different tannin structure, but it defines the style that made Alexander Valley famous for Cabernet Sauvignon. For all those who complain that Cab isn't food-friendly, this one is. Ageability is almost guaranteed. Best now through 2014, with proper cellaring." -Wine Enthusiast

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Purchase price: $22.99 First and second nose were great. Very aromatic, fruity bouquet, with good complexity. This got me pretty excited about my first sip. I will say that the actual taste, while still good, did not meet my lofted expectations. I expected a little more body and berry to come out in the taste, but it never really happened as much as I initially thought it might. I did think the spice was pleasant surprise, however. This is a very dry cab with firm tannins, I personally would have with a rare steak, but then again, my opinion isn't that important compared to your own preferences. At the $22.99 price point it's a good value, but at the regular 46.99 price point you could probably do better. I still enjoyed this cab, nevermind my criticisms, and would buy again. As far as Geyser Peak is concerned, I think their Reserve Alexandre Meritage is a more well rounded effort.
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This wine either needs some more time or is just an average Cab that is overpriced. Lacked any real distinction on the front or back end
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RJF - Corona, CA (read all my reviews)

Really enjoyed this Cab. Great power, smooth, and full of flavor.
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Learn About Geyser Peak Map ItMap It

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...

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Learn About Sonoma County

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...

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Learn About Cabernet Sauvignon

(cab-uhr-NAY sow-veeh-yawn) King of Red Many refer to Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of red grapes. Perhaps that title is due to its ability to grow worldwide in a number of climates, or to the fact that it produces wine with such character yet such diversity. Either way, this grape is responsible, as a whole or a partner, for some of the greatest wines in the world. In Bordeaux,...

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