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Geyser Peak Sauvignon Blanc California 2009

Winemaker's Notes:

Three practices define Geyser Peak Sauvignon Blanc. First, we source grapes from cool-climate, primarily coastal areas throughout California, from as far south as Monterey and as far north as Lake County. Second, we deliberately pick some lots of grapes earlier than is conventional, in order to capture their freshness, crisp acidity, and a classic Sauvignon Blanc grassiness. Third, each lot of grapes is vinified separately, through cool fermentation and cold storage in stainless steel, to retain fruit characters. In 2008, we expanded our use of several new yeast strains which can encourage the development of thiols, the passion-fruit aromas and flavors that we love. The dozens of small lots brought in together show a full range of flavors, from ripe tropical fruit to fresh citrus to grassy herbaceousness. After extensive trial blending, the final wine balances the very best of the lots together.

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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

Member Reviews for Geyser Peak Sauvignon Blanc California

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Snooth User: attackdog100
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3.50 5
06/23/2011

Write your review here, and rate the wine from 1 to 5 glasses above. Clear, pale strqaw color, medium body. Flinty, some floral/fruity tones. Tasted apricots and peaches. bright and crisp with a wonderful lingering taste of stone fruit. Great summer wine and terrific value at 9.99/bottle.


Snooth User: carrots
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3.50 5
01/01/2011

Slightly sweet and very smooth.


External Reviews for Geyser Peak Sauvignon Blanc California

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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

You're going into a frame of mind, where the place is here and the time is now,traveling into a dimension where a medley of grapefruit and lemon grass flavors sing and dance on the palate, transmitting a crescendo of tantalizing impulses to the senses, seeking only to satisfy the primal passion that connects us all to each other. An area known only to those who dare to enter the "Winelight Zone." Try it with your favorite sushi. (Thanks, Rod!)


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

When I was a kid I worked on a farm and baled hay, and this wine brought back memories. Fresh, green grass, sweet dried grass, and lemon and lime aromas lead to intensely fruity flavors that finish too sweet.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Easy to drink and likeable for its slightly sweet grass, lemon and lime, fig and melon flavors, and the zesty clean streak of citrusy acids. The wine cuts across the palate and stimulates it. A very nice value in a cocktail-style white wine.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Refreshing, with melon, grass and lemon flavors that are round and fleshy, ending with a touch of citrus acidity. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Classic aromas of grapefruit, citrus, lemon zest and lemongrass jump out of the glass and proudly proclaim the wine's varietal character. A generous, fruit-forward palate shows juicy citrus flavors of grapefruit and tangerine, balanced by bright, crisp acidity. The pleasant finish is persistent with great length of flavor. Perfect as an apéritif, this wine also makes an ideal partner to oysters and nearly any shellfish, as well as salads and light fish and chicken dishes.


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Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

From the Alexander Valley, this wine is made with a combination of grapes from multiple small lots on the Geyser Peak Estate. Gooseberry and grapefruit engage the senses, while the crisp, clean acidity quenches all of your Sauvignon Blanc dreams. Ideal with fresh salads and grilled seafood.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

This wine is so classic, so delicious and so refreshing, it almost doesn't need a review - after all, who doesn't already know and love the flagship Geyser Peak white? Instantly appealing to any Pinot drinker looking for an upgrade, or a New Zealand white drinker looking for something less jarring, any hostess looking for an all-around enjoyable party or dinner white. In other words, pretty much any white wine drinker would love the Geyser Peak Sauvignon Blanc! Medium-bodied, with great acidity and softer white peach and pear flavors rounding out the traditional grapefruit and dill.


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Luscious, deep scents of lemon grass, grapefruit and passion fruit jump from the glass to proudly proclaim this wine’s varietal. A generous, fruit-forward palate shows juicy citrus flavors of lime and tangerine, balanced by bright, crisp acidity. The pleasant finish persists on the palate with great length of flavor. This is an easy-sipping, eminently drinkable wine that doesn’t sacrifice complexity or varietal character in its quest to be flat-out enjoyable. The perfect aperitif, this wine also makes an ideal partner to oysters and nearly any shellfish, as well as salads and light fish and chicken dishes.

Three practices define Geyser Peak Sauvignon Blanc. First, we source grapes from cool-climate, primarily coastal areas throughout California, from as far south as Monterey and as far north as Lake County. Second, we deliberately pick some lots of grapes earlier than is conventional, in order to capture their freshness, crisp acidity, and a classic Sauvignon Blanc grassiness. Third, each lot of grapes is vinified separately, through cool fermentation and cold storage in stainless steel, to retain fruit characters. In 2008, we expanded our use of several new yeast strains which can encourage the development of thiols, the passion-fruit aromas and flavors that we love. The dozens of small lots brought in together show a full range of flavors, from ripe tropical fruit to fresh citrus to grassy herbaceousness. After extensive trial blending, the final wine balances the very best of the lots together.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 13.0% pH: 3.42
Total Acidity: 6.4 grams per liter

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