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 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.
This 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, JJH
A little rough, perhaps it needed longer decant time or more bottle aging. For my taste there are better wines in this price range.