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Geyser Peak 'Vallerga' Block Collection Cabernet Sauvignon Geyser Peak Winery Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Red 2005

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Known for luscious Cabernet Sauvignons, this wine is a classic example of Geyser Peak Winery's intense, lively style. Forward fruit characters of black cherry and blackberry dominate the aromas, with underlying grace notes of dark chocolate and spice. In typical Geyser Peak style, the bright fruit is nicely supported by a restrained oak character. The palate is rich, round and lush, seamlessly pairing the cherry and berry fruit with a hint of spice and vanilla. The fine-grained tannins meld into a persistent, lingering finish.

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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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Editorial Reviews for Geyser Peak 'Vallerga' Block Collection Cabernet Sauvignon Geyser Peak Winery Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Red

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065212,809
3.50 5
07/23/2009

The nose shows a nice blend of integrated oak, cherry fruit and a touch of moist earth. With air grace notes of vanilla, coconut oil, herbs and a touch of leather emerge. Nicely balanced with refreshing acidity keeping this medium bodied wine lively and fresh. The flavors are classic Alexander valley with lightly candied red cherry and currant fruit enhanced with gentle herb and olive tones. The tannins are velvety and just offer nice support to the fruit. This finishes with gentle suggestions of woodsmoke and some slightly drying tannins that support a soft coffee tone on the moderately long finish. A solid, fresh and traditional Alexander Valley Cabernet 88pts


Member Reviews for Geyser Peak 'Vallerga' Block Collection Cabernet Sauvignon Geyser Peak Winery Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Red

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Snooth User: lamarr
146169280
3.50 5
06/10/2009

1. 2005 Geyser Peak Cabernet Sauvignon – Alexander Valley – Color: ruby, Nose: (“Cedar Mulch” –Hector, and I agree), a little hot, a little raspberry, Taste: medium bodied, a little on the lighter side, light tannins, (“I would have imagined a Virginia wine based on White Hall. Tastes like Cedar Mulch, chewing on wood chips.” – Hector), like sticking your nose in a mulch pile, decent finish Lamarr: B+ (quite pleasant, better than I expected, you can get better Cabs for the same price, but good for a blind purchase) Hector: very high B (“Smells like a woodworker’s dumpster” [goes into anecdote about his dad and sawdust])


Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
3.50 5
08/02/2009

Cool minty eucalyptus nose leads to a wine of medium body with lots of acidity, giving it good structure. Finishes on cocoa and a spearmint character.


Snooth User: Wine Fire
577933841
3.50 5
09/16/2010

This is a great value cab that starts tight but opens over four hours to become a quality fruit-forward delight. Herbs and spices begin on the nose, followed at two to three hours with expanding aromas of fruit. Very dry on the palate, and initially spicy and acidic, but complex enough to be interesting even at the beginning. Not a big wine, but layered nonetheless. Newcomer notes spread through the palette as the clock ticks. The acidity begins to tame at about three hours, and then the wine really starts to open its hidden treasures. Herb-infused cherry, mild oak, pepper, dark berry and currant all evolve with each taste through the evening. Overnight the improvement continues. On the thin side -- treble, with little bass, but with “piccolos” of cherry pops in mid-song that make for a lively, succulent outcome.


Snooth User: WJTronoski
73673269
3.50 5
08/29/2009

Definitely fruit forward; with a fairly long finish. Easy going down; didn't have a lot of tannins. A very nice wine.


Snooth User: Echelar
196768209
3.00 5
01/10/2010

On first taste, I wasn't sure that I liked this one--perhaps too much "wood" as suggested by a previous reviewer. It's fairly smooth and fruit forward. As the bottle continued, I warmed up to it, and would consider buying it again to further develop my taste for it.


Snooth User: mindpirate
201962195
3.50 5
08/22/2009

Dark fruit flavors but also tastes of chalk or maybe cocoa powder. Opened up a lot with the Venturi, but got even better after sitting for a little bit.

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  • Snooth User: andrewjkeller
    335697163
    4.50 5
    01/04/2010

    rich dark red, sumptious full beautiful wine


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    External Reviews for Geyser Peak 'Vallerga' Block Collection Cabernet Sauvignon Geyser Peak Winery Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Red

    External Review
    02/04/2009

    nown for luscious Cabernet Sauvignons, this wine is a classic example of Geyser Peak Winery?s intense, lively style. Forward fruit characters of black cherry and blackberry dominate the aromas, with underlying grace notes of dark chocolate and spice.


    External Review
    02/04/2009

    This wine is a classic example of Geyser Peak?s intense, lively style of Cabernet Sauvignon. Uplifted fruit flavors of red and black cherry predominate in the aroma, but the underlying complexity hints at undertones of blackberry, dark chocolate and


    External Review
    11/18/2010

    8% Shiraz. Focused, medium-depth intensity suggestions of black cherries, brush and briar in the aromas start this wine off well, and the fairly supple texture at entry adds its own positive spin. The wine's middling fruit holds well across the palate and runs into light tannin at the close. ** Only 3 in Stock **


    External Review
    05/18/2011

    Showing focus and finesse, this packs a core of bright cherry, blackberry and anise flavors. Has a meaty texture supported by velvety tannins, and a long, smoky finish. A fine value and widely available.


    External Review
    05/18/2011

    Supple and well balanced with a smooth texture, and a band of ripe plum, cherry and currant flavors. Turns supple on the finish, where the tannins are ripe and elegant. Good quality at a good price.


    External Review
    05/18/2011

    Bright purple. Medium-bodied. Full acidity. Moderately extracted and oaked. Herbs, cherries, berries. Offers tangy, vibrant fruit kissed by herbs in a youthful frame. Balanced and lively to drink, but acidity and other components remain loosely knit at this stage.


    External Review
    01/17/2009

    Wine Enthusiast ReviewA lovely, balanced, elegant young Cab. Were not in Napa Valley anymore, for the wine has a dried cherry herbaceousness and different tannin structure, but it defines the style that made Alexander Valley famous for Cabernet Sauvignon. For all those who complain that Cab isn't food-friendly, this one is. Ageability is almost guaranteed. Best now through 2014, with proper cellaring.Wine Tasting NotesThe deep ruby color of this sumptuous Cabernet gives way to expressive aromas of white pepper, dark berry fruit and cassis. Aging in French oak barrels softens the otherwise firm tannins and introduces hints of toasted vanilla and leather on the palate. Luscious blueberry and blackberry flavors are refined and perfectly balanced by a spiciness that lingers on a long and elegant finish.


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    Known for luscious Cabernet Sauvignons, this wine is a classic example of Geyser Peak Winery's intense, lively style. Forward fruit characters of black cherry and blackberry dominate the aromas, with underlying grace notes of dark chocolate and spice. In typical Geyser Peak style, the bright fruit is nicely supported by a restrained oak character. The palate is rich, round and lush, seamlessly pairing the cherry and berry fruit with a hint of spice and vanilla. The fine-grained tannins meld into a persistent, lingering finish.

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