This Californian Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the Alexander Valley in the northern area of the Sonoma County. Not as popular as its neighbour, Napa Valley to the east, the wines from Sonoma tend to be a better valued though still very high quality. Geyser Peak Winery is one of the oldest in the area and receive many awards and accolades for their wines. This wine comes from their most basic of three tiers, and while not as recognized for high quality, offer a good wine at great value.
Interestingly enough, while the wine may come from the Alexander Valley, the grapes to make the wine have come from who knows where, since an AVA isn’t actually listed on the bottle. Since California is listed on the label 100% the grapes have come from the state but no where specifically.
See: Deep voilet red but more ruby red near the rim when looking into the glass. Moderately dense but lighter than some other Cabernet Sauvignons we’ve tried lately. Right opaque in the middle with very slow legs.
Smell: I could smell this glass of wine from a ways away. It is quite fruity and aromatic, maybe more so than others. Jammy aromas of currant and blackberries, with some sweet vanilla, peppery spice and toast, along with some subtle earthy bramble aromas, like the smell of a forest after it rains. Not a lot of complex layers but enticing.
Taste: Medium to full bodied in the mouth, firm gripping tannin, and quite high in acidity for a Cabernet Sauvignon. I found it a bit watery though with not quite enough body to match the fruity jam aromas. Dark fruit flavours with a lot of minerals, almost to the extent of Old World wines which have lots of earth flavours. The finish is long but quite astringent with more earthy minerals and lots of smokey oak. It sits on the tongue a bit too long and is not overly pleasant.
Conclusion: While we decanted this for a while I feel like it could use longer, or even a few years to age in the bottle to take care of some of the harsh flavours. Pretty good value though and would be perfect for a summers evening with barbecued hamburgers! I’ll rate it at 7.5/10, take it or leave it, and a 7.0/10 for drinkability because it just isn’t pleasant without food. I’d love to get my hands on some of Geyser Peaks higher tiered wines and try them out for comparison.
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- USA, Sonoma County
- 2012 – 13.5%
- Geyser Peak Winery (California Series)
- $16.75 at Chateau Wine and Spirits (Lacombe)
- Plastic cork
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