Geyser Peak Chardonnay Alexander Valley 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

An important part of Geyser Peak Winery’s Chardonnay program is the use of American oak barrels whose staves are soaked in hot water prior to shaping. The water leaches harsh components out of the wood and significantly increases the depth of toasting of the staves as they are shaped over fire. This process yields barrels which impart a more delicate, subtle oak character to the wine along with an elevated creaminess. Following fermentation in barrel, the wine was allowed to remain in contact with the yeast lees for the entire eight-month maturation period, and stirred periodically in order to integrate the nutty, deep flavors of the lees into the wine. Approximately half of the blend underwent malolactic fermentation. – Ondine Chattan

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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
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Member Reviews for Geyser Peak Chardonnay Alexander Valley

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3.50 5
04/06/2011

Simple but pleasing, I got this at the winery but wish I'd bought more! Great value in summer sippers and good for an outdoor party. Better by itself than with food: just enough body and quite refreshing!


Snooth User: rcollins0618
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3.50 5
05/17/2011

I detect a slightly floral nose, but barely distinct. To me, the taste is of a mostly-crisp (compared to sharper pinot grigios), zesty and slightly spiced, large minerality (without breaking it's simplicity) with a lemony short finish. A rather simple pinot grigio, that's more bang for the buck.


Snooth User: Elena88
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4.00 5
06/06/2013

Four glasses


External Reviews for Geyser Peak Chardonnay Alexander Valley

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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
10/01/2011

A high-toned cabernet, this is red-fruited and herbal with a sharp black cut of acidity. Soften it with flank steak.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

A complex wine for the price mdash; at first rich and creamy, but finishing crisp and clean. Loaded with melon, pear, banana and butterscotch flavors, which would all complement to perfection the sea bass in ginger coconut broth recommended by the winemakers.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
10/01/2011

A bit quick on the finish, but otherwise a nice everyday Chardonnay. Shows a soft, buttercream texture, with dry, subtle flavors of pineapples, pears and buttered toast.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Aromas of ripe pear, apple, clove, cedar and hazelnut give it a notable oaky flavor, but itrsquo;s well-balanced with tight, ripe fruit as well. Finishes with a cedary aftertaste. Drink now through 2006.


External Review
05/17/2010

This is a bright, zesty wine made in what is quickly becoming a classic California Pinot Grigio style. The nose shows notes of lemon, lemon zest, citrus blossom, and a hint of spice. The palate is crisp and bright with citrus flavors and elegant minerality. Wonderful on its own as an aperitif, this wine also pairs beautifully with fresh oysters on the half shell, as well as salads, light fish and chicken dishes. - Winery


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
01/03/2012

Therersquo;s plenty of oaky richness in this wine, on top of nicely ripe flavors that smack of pineapples and peaches and cinnamon spice. It shares much in common with the best Alexander Valley Chards.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
10/01/2011

This tart, gentle chardonnay needs nothing more that roast chicken to match its sweet warmth.


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Tasting Notes:

The color is a pale yellow with golden luminosity. Attractive aromas of baked bread, wheat sheaves, fleshy stone fruit and pear lead on the nose and turn to honeycomb, nectarine and toasted almond on the palate. Lifted aromatics of ginger root and butterscotch are apparent upon swirling the glass. The wine shows a lovely balance between ripe fruit character and more sophisticated earth notes. This is a unique wine that expresses all the benefits of its terrior-driven origin.

An important part of Geyser Peak Winery’s Chardonnay program is the use of American oak barrels whose staves are soaked in hot water prior to shaping. The water leaches harsh components out of the wood and significantly increases the depth of toasting of the staves as they are shaped over fire. This process yields barrels which impart a more delicate, subtle oak character to the wine along with an elevated creaminess. Following fermentation in barrel, the wine was allowed to remain in contact with the yeast lees for the entire eight-month maturation period, and stirred periodically in order to integrate the nutty, deep flavors of the lees into the wine. Approximately half of the blend underwent malolactic fermentation. – Ondine Chattan

Aged 8 months.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.1%

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