2007 Geyser Peak "Reserve Alexandre" Alexander Valley Meritage
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.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep ruby. Dark berry preserves, licorice and pipe tobacco on the highly perfumed nose. Chewy, palate-staining cassis and bitter cherry flavors are complemented by notes of vanilla and mocha, with a bitter chocolate note on the back half. Shows very good structure but no hardness. Chewy tannins give grip to the finish, which echoes the cherry and tobacco notes.
Wine & Spirits
An old-school Alexander Valley red, this has begun to show some evolution in its flavors and the openness of its tannins. Scents of peppermint, black olive and fig meld in the middle, turning toward dried fruit and oak notes in the end. Ready for lamb.
Taking on ripe-cherry fruit as its main theme but showing elements of bacon, milk chocolate and roasted herbs as well, this moderately full-bodied offering is at once showy and still has a sense of reserve that argues for a few more years of keeping. It is rounded and supple to start, and it firms just enough at the finish to confirm the need for a little more age.
A blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 6% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot & 1% Cabernet Franc.