Geyser Peak Winery
2006 Bin 10 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
California: Alexander Valley
Ebullient Uncle Daryl
Today’s wine is the one of the final vintages of this series of wines - and boy, is it a doozy! Made exclusively from reserve barrels select lots of reserve fruit, today’s Geyser Peak Winery 2006 Bin 10 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is an extraordinary, delicious, balanced and very elegant wine that is a true delight to imbibe - and to discuss.
The Bin series was created by Aussie winemaker Daryl Groom and then lovingly transitioned to winemaker Ondine Chattan, who took the series and made magic with it.
While this wine tastes incredible upon opening, please allow it to breathe. The longer you decant or swirl, the more character and flavor it reveals. Tannins become softer and more evenly distributed across the palate. Drink now, and enjoy for the next few years.
Dark, vivid ruby, with a near perfect diffusion from core to edge.
Big and robust, with stewed plum and black currant laid atop a foundation of fresh forest floor, espresso bean, black pepper, and slight notes of caramel.
Bold and powerful, yet refined and beautifully balanced, this wine is a fantastic blend of fruit, earth, and spice. Flavors of a blackberry and black cherry compote meld with aged leather, fresh blackberry bramble, cocoa powder, mocha, and just a hint of India black tea.
Concentrated and lush, with the dark fruit lingering and gently drying the front of the palate. This fruit eventually leads to hints of caramel and espresso bean, with just a touch of pomegranate black tea, at the finish.
We would recommend a crispy roasted pork belly, marinated in Asian spices, served alongside fresh buttered green beans.
What the Winery Says
Geyser Peak Bin Series wines are produced in minuscule volumes and represent our winemakers’ most intense interpretation of the vintage for Cabernet Sauvignon. This enormously complex bottling is both muscular and refined; loaded with aromas of French Roast coffee and surging with abundant cherry and dark plum fruit on the palate. The finely orchestrated tannins and substantial structure are interwoven in a sumptuous tapestry of hibiscus, loam, dried berry, cocoa powder and clove. While this wine will certainly reward long-term cellaring it is drinking handsomely at present.
- Ondine Chattan
- Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
- Varietal Composition
- 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
- Aged 20 months in French oak, 60% new
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.