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Geyser Peak Merlot Alexander Valley 2007

Winemaker's Notes:

Our Block Collection Merlot was cold-soaked for three days to extract the gorgeous red fruit flavors and vibrant aromatics for which the varietal is known. Twice daily pump overs coaxed phenomenal color from the skins and built a solid foundation of tannin to complement the luscious fruit. After being drained off skins the wine was immediately put to barrel where it aged for 22 months in new and seasoned French oak barrels.

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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

External Reviews for Geyser Peak Merlot Alexander Valley

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

A fruit-driven style; red cherry, raspberry and cola complemented by hints of spice, tobacco and cedar. The palate is bright and lively, with cherry and plum and flavors following through to a finish of plush, velvety tannins.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Roasted herb, green bean, currant and cherry. Cedar and vanilla flavors on the finish, with firm tannins. Drink now through 2005.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Crisp, with ripe, plummy fruit and hints of cherry, spice and berry. Earthy tannins on the finish.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Good winemakers blend tastes the way painters blend colors. Nowhere does this truth show up more than in this wine by Daryl Groom, who was imported from Australia several years age to revive this winery's reputation. And has he!! This is the best value-for-flavor Merlot in America. Creamy dark-chocolate flavors and rich vanilla oak. Great structure.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

Bright and pleasing, just a bit simple. Sweet and spicy raspberry fruit on the nose. Varietally correct cherry and chocolate flavors. Decent mouthfeel.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

A ripe wine with upfront black-plum and brambly fruit on the opening. The center is fairly complex with layers of blueberry and red cherry fruit, leading to a vivid and uplifted finish.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/18/2011

An elegant, built to please Merlot which strikes a nice balance between berry and cherry fruit flavors and the earthy tannic finish.



Tasting Notes:

Dense and polished this wine shows a lovely mix of brown spice, peppercorn, and sage on the nose. The palate is a riot of rich dark fruit showcasing plush cherry, black raspberry, and pomegranate. Fine tannins provide a great framework for this supple wine and make it a good candidate for medium-term cellaring.

Our Block Collection Merlot was cold-soaked for three days to extract the gorgeous red fruit flavors and vibrant aromatics for which the varietal is known. Twice daily pump overs coaxed phenomenal color from the skins and built a solid foundation of tannin to complement the luscious fruit. After being drained off skins the wine was immediately put to barrel where it aged for 22 months in new and seasoned French oak barrels.

Aged 22 months.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 13.8%

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