The 2017 vintage marks our 13th release of the Walking Tree Cabernet Sauvignon. The abundant juicy dark red fruit profile accented by the earthy complexity of a small percentage of Shiraz creates a multi-layered wine with approachable fruit and undertones of spice and mineral. Following traditional fermentation with pump-overs twice daily, and 100% secondary malolactic fermentation, the wine was aged in small French oak barrels for 18 months in medium plus and custom toasts (20% new).
The 2017 growing season was outstanding . Winter rains replenished the soil moisture and prepared the vines for healthy vegetative growth throughout the warm, dry spring and summer. The dry weather resulted in very small berries that were intense with flavor and packed with color. Steady ripening created stunning flavor development and richness which built refined, structured tannins that were easy to extract during fermentation.
Benchland vineyards, where our Walking Tree is sourced, have long proven to be some of our favorites when it comes to growing top quality red wine grapes. The western bench of the Alexander Valley offers abundant sunshine and liberal shading, ensuring thorough ripening, and producing fruit with rich, jam flavors and soft, plush tannins. We prize these sites for their distinctive flavor profiles and accessible structure of the fruit.
This wine is a perfect complement to braised beef short ribs, chicken cacciatore, caramelized onions, blue cheese, and dark chocolate mousse.
Producer: Geyser Peak
Appellation: Alexander Valley, California
Varietal Blend: 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Shiraz
TA: 6.80 g/L
Residual Sugar: 0.0 g/L
2015: 96 Pts - 2019 Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge
2015: 93 Pts - 2018 New York International Wine Competition
2015: Double Gold - 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
2015: Gold Medal 'Best of Class' - 2018 Sonoma County Harvest Fair
2015: Gold Medal - 2019 New York International Wine Competition
2014: 94 Pts - 2018 Press Democrat North Coast Wine Challenge
2014: 90 Pts - Wine Enthusiast
2013: Wine & Spirits, Best US Cabernet Sauvignon