First produced in 1983 Geyser Peak Reserve Alexandre is a Bordeaux-inspired blend of five traditional French grape varietals. Each year our winemakers rely on expert vineyard management, small-lot fermentation, rigorous selection and extensive trial blending to achieve an elegant, cellar-worthy wine.
The twenty-two mile long Alexander Valley AVA flanks the Russian River in northern Sonoma County and is renowned for its diverse topography and volcanic soils. First planted to wine grapes by namesake pioneer Cyrus Alexander in 1846, the valley is one of the state’s oldest and most distinguished growing regions.
In crafting Reserve Alexandre we look to our vineyard sources that consistently produce grapes with abundant fruit and rich structure. Low-yielding vines from high-elevations, hillsides, and bench land sites produce grape berries with excellent concentration, unparalleled finesse and subtlety. Each of the five varietals brings a unique character to the blend. Cabernet Sauvignon is the backbone and framework of the wine, Merlot fleshes out the body and adds to the juicy palate, Malbec brings the floral component and sumptuous spice, Petit Verdot adds a measure of tannin and lovely color, and an aliquot of Cabernet Franc adds brown spice and a sophisticated dried herb note to the final blend. Each component is vinted individually and the varied lots are blended in stages and then matured as a single wine for fourteen months.
2009 Reserve Alexandre Meritage, Alexander Valley 3-Liter
In crafting this wine, we strive to deliver the generous fruit of the Alexander Valley appellation’s best vineyard sites in a framework of tannins capable of long-term aging, but with sufficiently supple tannin structure to allow pleasurable drinkability in its youth.
All facets of production from barrel and yeast strain selection to fermentation temperature, duration of aging, fining and bottling are customized to best suit the style of each component wine. While the percentages of each of the five varietal components vary from year to year, the style of this age-worthy wine is consistent across the vintages and a vertical tasting will reveal the remarkable consistency in style. Blending is conducted in stages and once the final blend is assembled it is matured in French Oak barrels for 12 months before bottling then aged an additional 10 to 12 months before release.