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 renowned wineries, Geyser Peak Winery was founded in 1880 by Augustus Quitzow, a pioneer in Alexander Valley winemaking, Geyser Peak has flourished as an award-winning winery for more than 130 years. Quitzow chose the original winery site in Geyserville for its vantage point of the famed Geysers Geothermal area. The white steam that billowed from the geysers along the mountain slopes provided the winery with a spectacular ‘view of the clouds’.
Today, Geyser Peak pays fond tribute to its past roots in Alexander Valley as it sets forth on a new path into the Dry Creek Valley Appellation where the winery has recently relocated. Although the address is new, the commitment to the highest quality artisan winemaking is not. Geyser Peak will continue to “Reach For Peak” for many years to come.
Winemaker Ondine Chattan
Ondine Chattan has completed more than 15 harvests with Geyser Peak Winery. Under her leadership, the winemaking team has honed and refined the now distinctive style of our wines, introducing innovative production techniques, and enthusiastically promoting the Alexander Valley and our broad portfolio of award-winning wines.
A native of Marin County, Ondine spent a great deal of time in Sonoma Wine Country during her childhood, where she fell in love with the wine industry. This passion in her soul has never wavered and grew even stronger while obtaining an undergraduate degree in Viticulture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a Master’s Degree in Enology from Fresno State University.
After college, her love of Zinfandel and Rhone varietals led her to positions at Cline Cellars in the Sonoma Valley and Ridge Vineyards in Cupertino before settling down to her ‘winemaking home’ in the Alexander Valley. Joining Geyser Peak was a dream come true for Ondine, with its diversity of varietals, vineyards and wine styles inspiring her creativity and fueling her passion for producing exciting, accessible, unique wines.