Review: Wines of Geyser Peak, Late 2018 Releases
While we just took a look at the winery’s new offerings earlier in the summer, today we examine three additional Sonoma-driven offerings from California standby Geyser Peak.
2016 Geyser Peak Chardonnay Water Bend Sonoma County – Flat and meaty, this tepid wine offers a straightforward apple-grapefruit attack, but it’s muted considerably by notes of greenery and limp bacon. Dull and limp on the finish, with a rustic toughness around the edges. C- / $19
2016 Geyser Peak Sauvignon Blanc River Ranches Russian River Valley – Sour as hell, with huge ammonia notes that are almost overpowering on the nose. The wine settles into a sort of grapefruit-meets-lemonade note, though it’s green on the finish, with notes of wet grass and, oddly, honeydew. It develops into something interesting after a time, but it’s a bit of a slog to get there. C / $22
2014 Geyser Peak Pinot Noir Pluto’s Fury Russian River Valley – A standard bearer for Russian River pinot, this is a dense expression of pinot, with graphite, cassis, and blackberry at the fore on the nose. Pushy with leather and tobacco notes, the palate is full of berry fruit, dried at times, with a slight dark chocolate edge. Classic RRV. B+ / $23