Geyser Peak Winery River Ranches Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley 2010

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Blocks were harvested in the cool, early morning and fermented separately in order to maximize Clone and varietal character. A slow, cool fermentation and the use of multiple yeast strains coaxed the more complex aromatics from the fruit while building elegant mouthfeel and texture. No malolactic fermentation was employed.

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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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Member Reviews for Geyser Peak Winery River Ranches Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley

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Snooth User: InWineTruth
2201061,634
3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 06/27/2010

Star bright straw hue with expressive aromas of lemongrass, key limes and gooseberries, in focus flavors of the same with a hint of lemon, leading to a long, clean finish. A good value wine with racy acidity for anything that you squeeze a lemon on.


Snooth User: InWineTruth
2201061,634
2.00 5
Vintage: 2008 11/29/2010

Clear light straw hue, aromas & flavors of gooseberry, wet grass and citrus arranged with crisp acidity to a short finish. Rather generic.


Snooth User: JNazarian
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 03/31/2010

Three glasses


External Reviews for Geyser Peak Winery River Ranches Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley

External Review
Vintage: 2008 10/23/2009

The latest Sauvignon Blanc from Geyser Peak is deliciously crisp and packed with flavors of lime, gooseberry, and tropical fruit. Try it with anything from summer salads to sushi.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 12/07/2009

Gooseberry and grapefruit flavors, beautifully balanced by clean, crisp acidity.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 10/06/2009

Winery notes The taster is immediately struck by the bright aromatics of this wine. Dominated by aromas of limes citrus blossom and intensified with notes of gooseberry and lychee this is a fruit driven yet complex style of Sauvignon Blanc. Lime and grapefruit flavors form the core of the palate while the wines small portion of barrel fermentation adds a textured roundness to the mid-palate which is balanced by bright lively acidity and lasting impression of citrus on the finish. The quintessential summer apritf this wine also pairs beautifully with oysters fresh chvre and ceviche or just by itself.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 05/22/2011

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
Vintage: 2008 05/22/2011

Racy and strong, and comes down firmly on the grass, hay and grapefruit side, brimming with bright, tart fruit. A touch of sugar puts it just this side of sweet, with an intriguing taste of white chocolate on the finish. Gets the nod because it's so ultra-clean and zesty.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 05/22/2011

Fresh fig and grapefruit come to mind with this effusively fruity white that sports bright, refreshing acidity and a sleek, lean body. Hints of freshly mowed grass and minerals add complexity, and the finish is long and delightful. California grapes, Australia-style winemaking. Ready now.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 05/22/2011

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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Tasting Notes:

The 2010 vintage was distinguished by an exceptionally cool growing season which favored the development of the coveted ‘ripe green’ character in our fruit. Aromas and flavors of gooseberry, green fig, lemongrass, snap pea, chive, honeydew melon and lime abound and interplay with passionfruit and mineral notes. The lively acidity makes this an ideal summer aperitif and a delightful partner to oysters, shellfish, scallops and avocado, as well as a brilliant partner to spicy cuisine.

Blocks were harvested in the cool, early morning and fermented separately in order to maximize Clone and varietal character. A slow, cool fermentation and the use of multiple yeast strains coaxed the more complex aromatics from the fruit while building elegant mouthfeel and texture. No malolactic fermentation was employed.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 13.5% pH: 3.34
Total Acidity: 6.8 grams per liter

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