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Geyser Peak Winery River Bench Malbec Alexander Valley 2008

Winemaker's Notes:

A combination of hand punch-downs and traditional pump-overs during vintage produced a wine of substantial structure. The wine was aged for 18 months in 100% French oak barrels to provide structure and context to this Bordelaise varietal. Malbec is delightful as a multilayered sipping wine, served with braised or roasted meats and vegetables or as an accompaniment to fine cheeses.

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Color: Red
Varietal: Malbec
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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 Winery River Bench Malbec Alexander Valley

External Review
Vintage: 2005 11/24/2008

Sonoma Harvest Fair 2008 - Bronze Medal



Tasting Notes:

The 2008 vintage produced grapes with remarkable color intensity and this wine displays a bluish-purple hue in the glass. Malbec is an exotic varietal that shows fig, violet, and bittersweet chocolate on the nose and a potent mix of blueberry compote and pomegranate fruit tinged with spicy licorice on the palate. The fruit, oak, and tannins combine to form a layered wine with exceptional depth of flavor and a driven finish. Further bottle maturation will result in additional marrying of the components.

A combination of hand punch-downs and traditional pump-overs during vintage produced a wine of substantial structure. The wine was aged for 18 months in 100% French oak barrels to provide structure and context to this Bordelaise varietal. Malbec is delightful as a multilayered sipping wine, served with braised or roasted meats and vegetables or as an accompaniment to fine cheeses.

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Aged 18 months.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 13.7%

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