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Geyser Peak Chardonnay Block Collection Water Bend 2009

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Geyser Peak Chardonnay Alexander Valley 2009 - 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

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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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Geyser Peak Chardonnay Alexander Valley 2009 - 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

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