Geyser Peak Walking Tree Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Ripe blackcurrant, plum, peppery spice and a finish of warm coffee and vanilla, Geyser Peak is a developing, classic Californian Cabernet.
The 2011 vintage at the moment has an absolutely stunning ruby colour in the right light, but it’s still deep and full bodied. The few legs show off the 14% alcohol content that makes this wine a beefy, rich Cabernet.
On the nose the aromas are clean, but lack intensity. You can get some plum, a bit of leatheriness and that ripe blackcurrant fruit, but it’s mostly overshadowed by a wood and vanilla scent.
On the palette, things are a bit more complex which shows that this wine has some really interesting potential. So either decant it for a couple of hours or cellar to drink in early 2016.
Drinking now you’ll still get some of those blackberry and plum flavours carried through at higher intensity than on the nose. There’s complexity in a real peppery spicy flavour and it’s almost seductive with its bitter coffee and vanilla finish, albeit ending a little short. However, there’s good acidity and high tannin great for food matching.
Bit expensive for what it is now (£14.99, Waitrose, March 2015).
A fairly good, entry-level Cabernet from Alexandra Valley. Probably needs just under another year to integrate. Drink 2016.
Alexandra Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA
£££ (Medium High)
Not suitable for Vegetarians
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