Canyon Road is the second label for Geyser Peak, but that's all that's second about it. The product of no malolactic fermentation and no oak, the wine's deep scents of citrus, melon and passion fruit jump from the glass. Crisp acids provide a lively palate feel and extend the long finish, which duplicates the initial flavors.
This winery, an offshoot of Geyser Peak, has achieved consistency over the years with its affordable varietal offerings, none of which has been more successful than Cabernet. This brand-new release shows real richness and flavor. It’s mellow, full-bodied and totally satisfactory at the price.
What great fruit! It has the stuffing and fruity ripeness of plenty of other costly Cabernets, at a fraction of the price. Maybe that’s because they didn’t drench it in expensive oak barrels. Don’t look for char or vanilla or smoke, just terrific blackberry flavor in a dry package, with $50 tannins. Best Buy.
Don't be misled by the price into thinking this is some simple little Chard, because you'd miss a great deal. It's packed with peach, apple, mango and spice flavors, with the rich creaminess you want in a good Chardonnay. Cayon Road, owned by Peak Wines, has long been known for value. This wine is partially barrel fermented and aged on the lees -- in other words…
Always strongly grassy and citrusy, and always a favorite for its great character and low price. Drinks crisp and dry (although not as dry as in previous years), with pronounced lemon-lime and cat-pee aromas and flavors. A great cocktail wine.
Young, sharp and rude, with that new-wine character that’s like a slap across the face. The berry fruit is impertinent and impatient and wants to be drunk now, which suggests a lack of subtlety, but the youthful zest is refreshing. Best Buy.
Stays true to its house style, with intensely grassy, herbal flavors of mint, citrus and hay. Extremely dry with bright acidity, it’s a zesty clean wine, very refreshing and invigorating, and a good value. Best Buy.—S.H.
A perennial value wine from Geyser Peak, this vintage the wine is crisp and flinty. You’ll get the suggestion of apples and peaches and oaky smoke, but it’s a tight, clean wine that goes down easy.