Geyser Peak Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
This lavish wine showcases the abundant deep red and black fruit flavors that are typical of Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Black fig, Chambord liqueur, hibiscus flower, briar berries, and Bing cherry flavors dominate the palate. More subtle notes of ginger, caramelized brown sugar and mocha add dimension to the opulent structure. Aging in rich American oak barrels lends a plush fullness to the palate and complements the supple grape tannins with silky texture and vanilla spice character. The deep ruby hue of the wine shows beautiful purity of color and alludes to the robust weight of this bottling.
Wine & Spirits - "The bright edge to the color parallels this cabernet’s brisk, red-fruited character. The tannins bring on darker notes, hinting at pomegranate and plum with luscious, mountain-grown intensity (the blend includes benchlandsites and higher hillsides). Those tannins keep it savory, adding firm bulk to an otherwise elegant red. Enjoyable now with grilled magretof duck, this will mellow over the next several years in bottle."
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 half as much wine as its northeasterly neighbor. Because of its vast size, however, Sonoma is able to achieve far more diversity within its borders, which include sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid-back and down-to-earth, but the wines are serious and well-made, ranging in style from subtle and elegant to rich and powerful. 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 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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