Geyser Peak Block Collection Devil's Inkstand 2011
(Alexander Valley, California) - [W&S 92]
Regular price $55.00 Sale price $39.97 Save $15.03
About the Winery:
Founded in 1880 as California’s 29th bonded winery, Geyser Peak Winery has more than 140 years of winemaking history in Sonoma County. Originally located perched on a hillside across from Geyser Peak Mountain, its namesake, it commanded a view of the thermal steam clouds that billowed from the mountain summit. Geothermal activity in the region afforded diverse soil profiles, optimal for growing wine grapes. This later inspired the winery’s motto of “Reach for the Peak”, a mission of seeking out the utmost quality.
Crafted in small lots and fermented separately, then blended together to achieve full expression, balance and character, Geyser Peak wines are sourced from prime vineyards that capture the essence of Sonoma and the appellation’s unique terroir, offering sophistication and ease, elevation and approachability, and taking us from casual days to connoisseur nights.
About this Wine:
The Block Collection is designed to feature specific vineyards from Sonoma's Alexander Valley. Jam packed with fruit, spice, and a touch of minerality, this Cab is everything you look for in the varietal. Graceful structure, medium tannins, deep color and cherry fruit are characteristic of this site.
Devil’s Inkstand takes its name from one particularly intriguing spring with notably steep sides and great depth causing the water within to appear black as ink. This bottling pays tribute to the geologic forces that created the superb soils here in which grow grapes that make unparalleled wines.
Untraditional in its blend and crafted in pursuit of drinkability and allure, the Devil’s Inkstand is composed of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petit Verdot, 16% Malbec and Petite Syrah, it exhibits flavors of mocha-laced currant, plum and blueberry with a hint of tobacco and earth notes.
Ratings & Reviews92 Points - Wine & Spirits Magazine:
“Petit Verdot (15%) infuses this Cabernet-based blend with black spice tones, forming a cool, savory, classical Alexander Valley red. There’s juiciness at the center of the wine that feels Californian, even such a cool vintage, surrounded by fine tannins that fit the fruit like a tailored suit. Age it for a roast leg of lamb.” (Aug 2014)
89 Points - Wine Enthusiast:
"This Cabernet Sauvignon-based Bordeaux blend has some Petite Sirah folded in, presumably for color and tannins. It's a big, sturdy wine, dry yetsomewhat soft, with complex black currant, blackberry jam, sweetened herb tea and sandalwood flavors. It's a little rustic, but fine to drink now, with everything from hamburgers and grilled steak to short ribs." (7/1/2014)