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Geyser Peak Winery Henrys Reserve Shiraz Vintage Port 2006

Winemaker's Notes:

The Shiraz for this wine comes from Henry Trion’s Nervo Ranch in the heart of Alexander Valley. At harvest the Shiraz becomes very soft and shriveled but gains wonderful concentration. On-skin fermentation was stopped by fortifying with select low-strength brandy spirit when desirable color and flavor extraction had been achieved and to retain some residual sugar. The wine was then aged in old barrels for fifteen months to help integrate the fruit and spirit as well as soften the tannins.

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  • 2006

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Color: Red
Variety: Port 100%
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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

Tasting Notes:

A very rich, full-bodied and full-colored ruby style vintage port. The nose displays sweet jammy berry, plum and anise fruit aromas integrated with elegant brandy spirit. A luscious, sweet palate is balanced by moderate tannins. The wine is approachable now but will continue to develop and integrate more so over the next few years. Due to limited handling, this wine may develop a small amount of sediment over time.

The Shiraz for this wine comes from Henry Trion’s Nervo Ranch in the heart of Alexander Valley. At harvest the Shiraz becomes very soft and shriveled but gains wonderful concentration. On-skin fermentation was stopped by fortifying with select low-strength brandy spirit when desirable color and flavor extraction had been achieved and to retain some residual sugar. The wine was then aged in old barrels for fifteen months to help integrate the fruit and spirit as well as soften the tannins.

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Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 19%

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