Founded in 1880 by Augustus Quitzow, Geyser Peak is one of the oldest and most historic wineries in all of Sonoma County. The original winery itself was constructed in 1882 in Geyserville offering a picturesque view of Geyser Peak Mountain. From vineyard holdings in both Alexander Valley and Russian River Valley, Geyser Peak vinifies red wines that yield richness and complex fruit, and white wines that are crisp and fresh. While Cabernet Sauvignon constitutes the majority of Geyser Peak wines, the winery also produces Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc. For a full list of their reviewed wines, be sure to check out our Geyser Peak ratings.
A great wine for drinking now, this is just beginning to show the evolution of its primary blackberry, blueberry and currant fruits. Hints of anise, dark chocolate, dried herb, spices and cedar add interest. This is a blend of the classic Bordeaux varieties, but the Cabernet Sauvignon component stands front and center with its firm tannins, depth and concentration.
A stylish red brimming with plum, sweet tobacco and blackberry flavors. The tannins are wonderfully complex and slippery, and the acidity is soft, so the wine goes down like velvet.
The quintessential Alexander Valley Cabernet, always dependably soft, fruity and complex. This year is one of the best ever. Plush and velvety, with endless nuances, it’s like sipping the essence of black cherries steeped in kirsch. Dry, with just enough oak to add smoke and spice. Editors’ Choice. —S.H.
Only 106 cases of this blockbuster Shiraz were produced. It’s big, with jammy blackberry fruit, licorice, sweaty-leathery aromas, and a fair amount of pencilly oak. Finishes very long. Very close to top Oz Shirazes in style and quality.
A dark, dense wine. The aroma is closed now, but airing reveals black cherry and a sharp mint and anise note, as well as toasty oak. Tastes very complex and satisfying. It has a density and weight meant to accompany rich foods, but also contains delicate nuances that make it a serious, noteworthy wine.
I’ve been impressed by this wine for years. Made from a high mountain vineyard in the Mayacamas range, it’s dense in black currant, cherry and herb flavors, and well-structured, with a pretty coat of oak. Firm but pliant tannins and good, crisp acids frame the fruit, lending this Cab elegance and subtlety. Should develop well for 10 years.
An interesting, ageworthy wine that’s textbook Alexander Valley. The cherry fruit is accented by sage, thyme, dill, that sort of leafy green herb thing, and the softness is from low acidity, although the tannins are rich and sturdy. This is the anti-Napa Cab, so balanced and dry, it won’t overwhelm food.
You won’t find tannins like this in many Napa Cabs, especially the cults. In that sense, it’s a throwback. But how refreshing to find something with structure that won’t overwhelm food. It’s a beautiful wine, ageworthy to judge from the dryness and tannins and huge core of fruit.