Geyser Peak Winery
2009 Alexander Valley Walking Tree Vineyard Petite Sirah
Petite Sirah • Walking Tree Vineyard
California: Alexander Valley
Quite a mouthful!
We are very fortunate to have gotten our hands on today’s Geyser Peak Winery 2009 Block Collection Alexander Valley Walking Tree Vineyard Petite Sirah. Like its name, the wine itself is quite a mouthful!
Bold and rich on the palate and exuding layer after layer of dark fruit aromatics, this is a delicious wine with plenty of gusto. For all of its boldness, though, this wine really has great balance. Earthen components underpin the lively dark fruit and sweet spice components.
Enjoy this wine with something as rich and complex. A hearty stew or savory grilled meats would be an excellent choice.
This wine is drinking beautifully now, and it will only continue to improve for the next few years. Be sure to decant - or swirl the wine with vigor - and be rewarded with a more balanced and delicious drinking experience.
Midnight garnet and nearly perfectly opaque at its heart, with a beautiful ring of ruby around the edge of the glass.
Well balanced, with equal footing for the fruit, earth, and spice notes. Concentrated dark fruit notes lay against sweet tobacco, sandalwood, smoked meat, allspice, tarragon, rosemary, and a touch of clove and black pepper.
Deep, lush fruit flavors of black cherry, blackberry, and plum are balanced against savory black olive, fresh forest floor, hints of wood smoke, rosemary, dark baking spices, sage, and an undertone of charcoal minerality.
Well rounded, with soft balanced tannins, this full bodied wine has a wonderful spicy black peppercorn note at the very end of the finish.
A hearty Irish stew of beef and root vegetables, served alongside freshly baked Irish Soda Bread.
What the Winery Says
An extended cold-soak prior to the start of fermentation extracted the sweet spicy undertones from the berries and a 7 day fermentation on-skins developed the astoundingly deep color and immense structure. Eighteen months of barrel aging tamed the most aggressive of the tannins and added complex nutty notes to the abundant fruit.
The seemingly massive tannins are well-integrated and tightly-knit making the wine easy to drink and nuanced rather than monolithic in its structure. The depth of this wine calls for hearty fare and will pair best with country cuisine such as ratatouille, braised pork ribs, and cassoulet.
- Ondine Chattan
- Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
- Walking Tree Vineyard
- Case Production
- 200 cases produced
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.