Geyser Peak Winery
2007 Sonoma County Sparkling Shiraz
California: Sonoma County
All that glitters... is Purple?!
We delight in bringing you a very special wine today. A wine that you can’t purchase anywhere else - unless you happen to be able to stop by the winery itself!
Today’s 2007 Geyser Peak Winery Sparkling Shiraz is made from the winery’s Reserve tier of wine, making it an even more special treat. This wine is bold and delicious and its dark purple mousse and heady aromatics give the delightful wine an even greater appeal. Made in the traditional Méthod Champenoise, this is a wine that was crafted with great care, from great grapes, by a world-class winemaking team.
Enjoy as a fantastic aperitif or with a wide variety of foods. We think that this wine would usher in a lovely beginning to holiday celebrations everywhere. Remember, 2007 was a 96 point vintage (according to that Robert Parker guy) for California reds. This wine, this purple sparkler of joy, is a 2007 red that adds happy elegance to any special occasion.
Ultra dark with deep purple hues through and through. Initially, a thick layer of purple mousse sits atop the wine, disappearing quickly.
Very rich and very dark, with complex aromas of blackberry, blueberry, black cherry compote, dried fall leaves and a very mild sassafras.
Flavors are rich and full, with black cherry and blueberry compote, black raspberry soda, sassafras and dried violets.
Very long and drying with sweet fruit that gives way to a more earthen character.
This unusual and complex wine can be paired with a wide variety of foods. Apéritif. With fruit. Quince and cheese.
What the Winery Says
The 2007 Sparkling Shiraz is made from a small selection of our reserve lots of hillside Sonoma County fruit. The blend was barrel aged for 15 months in combination of three and four year-old seasoned American oak barrels, to gain maturation effect, rather than oak character.
The blend was then put down on tirage to undergo a secondary fermentation. In the traditional French manner, a small amount of sugar and yeast are added to the wine prior to bottling. The subsequent fermentation in the bottle produces the natural carbon dioxide bubble in the wine. The wine was then left on its yeast lees for twenty two months. During this time, the carbon dioxide in the wine becomes progressively integrated and has the effect of producing the tiny bubbles and fine bead seen in the glass. The lees contact also adds to the creamy texture on the palate and retention of the mousse.
The wine’s color is a deep, garnet red, over which the richly colored mousse or foam on the surface of the wine shows beautifully. Aromas of pepper and spice fill the nose, with elements of blueberry, blackberry and vanilla adding complexity and intrigue. The palate opens with a total explosion of bubbles. Rich fruit flavors and more blackberry are followed by a wonderfully creamy texture of soft, round tannins and a long, long finish.
- Ondine Chattan
- 100% Sonoma County
- 15 Months in 100% American Oak
- Grape Variety
- 100% Shiraz
About the Winery
One of California’s oldest and most award-winning wineries, Geyser Peak was founded in 1880, a pioneer of the Alexander Valley in Sonoma County. Perched on a hillside across from Geyser Peak Mountain, this beautiful setting overlooks Geyserville, the Russian River and the northern end of Alexander Valley.
Our winery consistently garners some of the most prestigious awards in winemaking, including Winery of the Year and Winemaker of the Year honors. Its outstanding team of winemakers and viticulturists are noted for fruit-forward, food-friendly wines from prime vineyard sources in the Alexander Valley.
We boast panoramic views of the Valley from our expansive picnic patios in a garden-like setting. We invite you to visit and experience Geyser Peak first hand.