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Geyser Peak Merlot Alexander Valley Merlot Wines Domestic Red Merlot 2006

Winemaker's Notes:

The bright fruit flavors and supple tannins of this wine reflect its Alexander Valley origin. Traditional red Bordeaux varieties like Merlot do particularly well in this region, due to the warm daytime temperatures and cool, fog-covered nights and mornings. Following a three-day cold soak to extract the more subtle characteristics of this varietal, grapes were fermented under moderate temperatures for a relatively short six-day period. Restrained use of new oak cooperage allowed the wine’s fruit-forward, quintessentially Alexander Valley character to shine through.

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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 Merlot Wines Domestic Red Merlot

11/12/2010

Rating: 84/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the September 2010 issue. Although it may offer a smattering of simple, cherry-like fruit, this small-scaled effort comes up stunted and lacking enough real fruity substance to stave off its slightly souring acids and its curt tannins. It might soften a touch with a few years of patience, but the rewards will not be high.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Further bottle aging can improve this wine.


07/05/2011

"Rating: 84/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the September 2010 issue. Although it may offer a smattering of simple



The bright fruit flavors and supple tannins of this wine reflect its Alexander Valley origin. Traditional red Bordeaux varieties like Merlot do particularly well in this region, due to the warm daytime temperatures and cool, fog-covered nights and mornings. Following a three-day cold soak to extract the more subtle characteristics of this varietal, grapes were fermented under moderate temperatures for a relatively short six-day period. Restrained use of new oak cooperage allowed the wine’s fruit-forward, quintessentially Alexander Valley character to shine through.

Notes: Approximately 19% New Oak, 80% 1 -, 2 - & 3 year-old barrels. 40% French Oak, 60% American Oak

Wine Specs:

Total Acidity: 6.2 grams per liter

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