Geyser Peak Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley Reserve 2007
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 black pepper. 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.
Pulling out some of my 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon's for the Summer and came across one of my favorite wineries - Geyser Peak. Consistently wonderful Cabernet's and one you can always depend on for great flavor and value. I did not decant this wine tonight but did open the bottle about an hour before tasting. In my glass, this Cabernet Sauvignon is deep garnet in color with a bright ruby edge. Swirling the wine in my glass brought up aroma's of blackberries, cherries, anise, black pepper, and vanilla! The mouth feel is full bodied, plush, and a medium tannin structure. Over the palate, this geyser was erupting with flavor! Layers of Blackberry, Black Cherry, olive, vanilla, black pepper, and a hint of cedar. As the wine opened up more, pleasing flavors of briar berry, dark chocolate, and ginger developed into a long, elegant finish. This would be an excellent wine to pair with a grilled steak, roast leg of lamb, a spicy tomato pasta dish, and medium to strong cheeses. This is a complex Cabernet with lots of concentrated layers. Full bodied, elegant, and the tannins have just started to soften a bit. I think this is a great representation of the Geyser Peak Cabernet Sauvignon style! I really liked this wine and give it 90 points. If you have a 2007 vintage, I feel you can enjoy it up through 2015. WineSplashing!!
Berries and cherries dominate both the nose and palate of this wine. Blackberries and red Bing cherries are most distinct, though hinting notes of marionberries are there as well. The traditional methods of the winemaker come through in the balance of acid and tannin that create a great opportunity to age the wine or drink it earlier if desired. Fantastic when paired with marinated and grilled red meats.
External Reviews for Geyser Peak Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley Reserve
This red displays savory herb, sage, cedar and currant notes, with a licorice edge to the dried berry flavors. Drink now through 2016. 6,000 cases made. -JL Shows strong, extracted blackberry and black cherry flavors, with a pie-filling spicy intensity. Almost too much of a good thing. Might improve a little in the bottle with a year or two. - S.H.
This red displays savory herb, sage, cedar and currant notes, with a licorice edge to the dried berry flavors. Drink now through 2016. 6,000 cases made. -JL Shows strong, extracted blackberry and black cherry flavors, with a pie-filling spicy intensity. Almost too much of a good thing. Might improve a little in the bottle with a year or two. - S.H. ** SOLD OUT **
Food Pairings for Geyser Peak Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley Reserve
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.
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