Geyser Peak Reserve Merlot 1998
(Alexander Valley, California) - [WE 90]
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:
A powerfully structured Merlot. The color is dark and dense. The nose is a rich and exotic array of red cherry, chocolate and roasted coffee beans with accents of smoky barrel ferment and vanilla oak characters. Rich, intense flavors of cherry and cocoa roll through the palate, leading to a wine of amazing structure and balance. Tannins, while being substantial, are ripe and round. The finish is long and lingering. Added complexity will be rewarded through careful cellaring over the next 5 to 10 years and perhaps beyond.
Ratings & Reviews90 Points - Wine Enthusiast:
"Soft and velvety in the mouth, this wine defines it's terroir. Spicy, blackberry-scented, smoky oak aromas lead to and exuberantly fruity wine, bursting with sweetly ripe berries. It's light at the core and won't age, but it is beautiful now." (12/1/2001)