Geyser Peak Winery was founded in 1880 as California’s 29th bonded winery by German immigrant Augustus Quitzow, one of Sonoma County’s pioneer winemakers.
Geyser Peak is located in Alexander Valley in Northern Sonoma County. Although, they announced last month they will be moving to the former Alderbrook property in Healdsburg. The new Geyser Peak location will be near the intersection of Westside Road and Highway 101 – one of the busiest wine corridors in northern Sonoma County and within walking distance of bustling downtown Healdsburg.
Accolade Wine, which acquired Geyser Peak in 2012 is in the midst of revitalizing the brand, and making major investments in everything from winemaking and production to promotional and sales initiatives and more. The brand has debuted refreshed packaging graphics with a new logo and a number of new wines that showcase the winery’s exceptional vineyard resources.
They feature a diverse lineup of wines including California, Appellation, Winery and Reserve series of wines.
The Uncensored wines are part of the Winery series, which feature unconventional blends of grape varieties – one white wine, and one red wine.
However, even a winery steeped in tradition likes to push the limits of expression every now and again. With Geyser Peak’s new Uncensored Wines, winemaker Ondine
Chatten has done just that, exploring untraditional blends in the crafting of two easy-drinking, versatile wines,
each with distinctive personality.
The suggested retail price for both wines is $14, but you may be able to find them for $12 at Costco. They present very good value for everyday wines!
2012 Geyser Peak Uncensored White Blend
Proprietary blend of Viognier, Riesling, Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc
$14, 13% abv.
6,200 cases made
Pale green tinged golden color with appealing honeysuckle, pear, apple and a bit of citrus and sweet spice aromas. On the palate, it’s medium-bodied, medium-love acidity, and off-dry with mouth-filling pear, apple, guava, and spice flavors. Medium-finish.
Rating: B+: This wine is a charmer that eminently quaffable, but would also pair well with fresh fruit, salads, or fish tacos topped with fresh guacamole!
2011 Geyser Peak Uncensored Red Blend
Proprietary blend of Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Tannat, Alicante Bouschet, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
$16 ($12 at Costco), 13.5% abv.
26,000 cases made
Nearly opaque violet color with mocha, plum and spice aromas. On the palate, it’s between light and medium-bodied low acidity and soft tannins with pronounced and very likable plum, blackberry, vanilla, and spice flavors. Medium-finish.
Rating: B+: Interesting “kitchen sink” blend that offers very good value in an everyday type red wine. It’s especially good for casual imbibing, but would also work with burgers, a plate of spaghetti or pizza.
Media sample(s) – Many thanks to Folsom & Associates for providing the wine.
- (A+) – 98-100/Extraordinary
- (A) – 94-97/Outstanding
- (A-) – 90-93/Excellent
- (B+) – 86-89/Very good
- (B) – 80-85/Good
- (C) – 70-79/Bleh
- (D) – 50-69/#Fail
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