Geyser Peak Chardonnay 2009

Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California

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Item No. 108212
  • white wine
  • screw cap wine
Style: Rich & Creamy

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most 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%.
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Winemaker's Notes

"The vineyards where we grow our Chardonnay grapes are located in the cooler regions of the Alexander Valley – primarily south of the town of Geyserville. Here the morning fog keeps the vines blanketed in cool mist before the warmth of the afternoon sun breaks through. It is the interplay of the sun and fog that cultivates the vivid fruit flavors and vibrant acidity in our grapes. Most of the juice was barrel fermented and aged in small lots using a variety of yeast strains for added complexity while about 10% of the blend was fermented in stainless steel to retain purity of fruit character. Approximately fifty percent of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation and both the barrel and tank portions were treated to "sur lie" aging which contributes to the nutty richness and roundness of the wine." – Ondine Chattan
The nose teases with aromatics of pineapple and pear with complex undertones of hazelnut, toffee, and toast. On the palate, the fruit flavors linger and are complemented by the creamy texture achieved through barrel fermentation. The initial roundness on the palate evolves into a crisp finish that makes this a terrific wine to pair with shellfish or spicy cuisine.

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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 Chardonnay

Chardonnay (shar-dawn-AY) White Wine's Queen Bee Like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay can grow just about anywhere. It adapts well to different soils and different climates. While frequently paired with California, its native home lies in the vineyards of Burgundy, France. The only major white grape of the region, Chardonnay is at its best on the rolling...

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