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 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.