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Geyser Peak Cabernet Sauvignon Block Collection Walking Tree Vineyard 2012

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

The nose shows a nice blend of integrated oak, cherry fruit and a touch of moist earth. With air grace notes of vanilla, coconut oil, herbs and a touch of leather emerge. Nicely balanced with refreshing acidity keeping this medium bodied wine lively and fresh. The flavors are classic Alexander valley with lightly candied red cherry and currant fruit enhanced with gentle herb and olive tones. The tannins are velvety and just offer nice support to the fruit. This finishes with gentle suggestions of woodsmoke and some slightly drying tannins that support a soft coffee tone on the moderately long finish. A solid, fresh and traditional Alexander Valley Cabernet 88pts

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Geyser Peak Winery:
  Founded in 1880, Geyser Peak Winery is one of California’s oldest and most award-winning wineries. Founded by Augustus Quitzow, the winery was built in 1882 in Geyserville, making it one of the pioneering California wineries of the time. Geyser Peak Winery consists of 5 vineyards, one of which is located in the Russian River Valley AVA, while the others are in Alexander Valley.... Read more
  Founded in 1880, Geyser Peak Winery is one of California’s oldest and most award-winning wineries. Founded by Augustus Quitzow, the winery was built in 1882 in Geyserville, making it one of the pioneering California wineries of the time. Geyser Peak Winery consists of 5 vineyards, one of which is located in the Russian River Valley AVA, while the others are in Alexander Valley. Since most of the grapes come from Alexander Valley, the growing regions have long ripening seasons. Alexander Valley is a great region for growing Cabernet Sauvignon vines, but Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc are also successfully grown. Ondine Chattan and Jaeson Mackura, winemakers for Geyser Peak Winery, are also behind the screw cap movement that is very controversial among wineries and consumers alike. All of their white wines are bottled using screw caps, or “Stelvin closures” as they are often called (Stelvin is actually a brand of screw caps, like Ziplock is a brand synonymous with zip bags and Xerox is a brand synonymous with photocopy machines). Read less

Editorial Reviews for Geyser Peak Cabernet Sauvignon Block Collection Walking Tree Vineyard

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
3.50 5
Vintage: 2005 07/23/2009

The nose shows a nice blend of integrated oak, cherry fruit and a touch of moist earth. With air grace notes of vanilla, coconut oil, herbs and a touch of leather emerge. Nicely balanced with refreshing acidity keeping this medium bodied wine lively and fresh. The flavors are classic Alexander valley with lightly candied red cherry and currant fruit enhanced with gentle herb and olive tones. The tannins are velvety and just offer nice support to the fruit. This finishes with gentle suggestions of woodsmoke and some slightly drying tannins that support a soft coffee tone on the moderately long finish. A solid, fresh and traditional Alexander Valley Cabernet 88pts


Member Reviews for Geyser Peak Cabernet Sauvignon Block Collection Walking Tree Vineyard

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Snooth User: bobcatpunk
959686568
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 02/17/2013

Dark fruit on the nose, cherries, dark berries, pepper, and some oak, nice body and finish


Snooth User: CabFan85
80415577
1.00 5
Vintage: 2007 03/23/2011

For $16 I thought it was not that good. Medium bodied wine. Good nose but very light flavor. Very High tannins. Need to eat with meat.


3.00 5
Vintage: 2007 11/27/2011

Nose was smooth and rich with blackberry and cranberry. On the palate we got tart berries and flat Dr Pepper underneath from the hints of black cherry and malty caramel. Tannins and acidity were mellow overall. Finish was short with some berries and pear. For the price, we expected more complexity.

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Snooth User: Tamar1973
9476777
4.50 5
Vintage: 2007 10/12/2009

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Craig Bilodeau
10426871,237
3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 05/14/2012

Great feel in the mouth, smooth tannin, loaded with berries and licorice, and a nice finish.


Snooth User: poetryinaglass
993934181
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 01/02/2012

Four glasses


Snooth User: lamarr
146169280
3.50 5
Vintage: 2005 06/10/2009

1. 2005 Geyser Peak Cabernet Sauvignon – Alexander Valley – Color: ruby, Nose: (“Cedar Mulch” –Hector, and I agree), a little hot, a little raspberry, Taste: medium bodied, a little on the lighter side, light tannins, (“I would have imagined a Virginia wine based on White Hall. Tastes like Cedar Mulch, chewing on wood chips.” – Hector), like sticking your nose in a mulch pile, decent finish Lamarr: B+ (quite pleasant, better than I expected, you can get better Cabs for the same price, but good for a blind purchase) Hector: very high B (“Smells like a woodworker’s dumpster” [goes into anecdote about his dad and sawdust])


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External Reviews for Geyser Peak Cabernet Sauvignon Block Collection Walking Tree Vineyard

External Review
Vintage: 2009 11/04/2014

COLOR: Deep red with purple undertonesNOSE: Walnut, maple, black fig, caramelPALATE: Nectarine, cherry, raspberry jam, black tea, toffee, umamiFOOD PAIRINGS:Seared Ahi with peppered crust, burgers with gruyere on toasted brioche, kebabs, stuffed peppers, roasted red potatoes with herbs, gumbo.COMMENTS:Since its introduction back in 2003 Walking Tree Cabernet Sauvignon has become a signature offering from Geyser Peak. In many ways this wine embodies the spirit of our winery traditional and progressive, accessible yet exceptional, sturdy but refined. The abundant fruit and bold jammy flavors of Cabernet Sauvignon grown on the western bench of the valley are accentuated by concentrated black fruit flavors from mountain and hilltop fruit. Walking Tree is an exceptionally structured wine that shows soft, supple approachability upon release. - ONDINE CHATTAN, WINEMAKER


External Review
Vintage: 2009 11/25/2009

CG: 87 Points


External Review
Vintage: 2009 05/17/2010

8% Shiraz. Focused, medium-depth intensity suggestions of black cherries, brush and briar in the aromas start this wine off well, and the fairly supple texture at entry adds its own positive spin. The wines middling fruit holds well across the palate and runs into light tannin at the close.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 12/07/2012

Founded in 1880 by Augustus Quitzow, one of Sonoma County's pioneer winemakers, the original winery was built in Geyserville in 1882. Today, Geyser Peak is one of the most award-winning wineries in Sonoma County.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 01/03/2013

The Alexander Valley offers an array of soils, exposures, and elevations in which to grow Cabernet Sauvignon. Blending components from the valley floor, benchlands, and hillsides allows us to produce a wine with great dimension from a single appellation. Our estate vineyards that surround the winery have become an important component of this wine and we work to optimize each vineyard block to produce fruit of great distinction and character. - WineryAPPELLATION: ALEXANDER VALLEYGRAPE VARIETY: CABERNET SAUVIGNON WITH SHIRAZ, PETIT VERDOT AND TANNATSTORAGE/TYPE: 100% AMERICAN OAK 20% NEW OAK, 80% A BALANCED MIXTURE OF ONE-, TWO- & THREE, YEAR OLD OAKMATURATION TIME: 15 MONTHSALCOHOL - 13.5%pH - 3.61T.A - 6.2 g/LR.S. - DRY


External Review
Vintage: 2007 10/22/2012

This red displays savory herb, sage, cedar and currant notes, with a licorice edge to the dried berry flavors. Drink now through 2016.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 11/08/2011

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. - Winery


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