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2009 Geyser Peak Pinot Grigio

February 19, 2010 - Norman Bentley
# 06-10-PIE

When you have been in love with wine for as long as I have, you begin to realize that some wineries can be trusted more than others, to have consistently good wines. Last fall, I conducted a blind tasting of fifteen to twenty dollar California Cabernet Sauvignons. The winner was the 2005 Geyser Peak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauignon, with a 90 score from our panel, as well as some of the better known wine writers across the nation. I just read in the most recent issue of Consumer Reports, that the Geyser Peak Cab. was on their best ten list, for value wines!

The other day the representative for Geyser Peak walked in with the 2009 Geyser Peak California Pinot Grigio for me to sample. This is the first Pinot Grigio ever released from the winery, even though Geyser Peak has been in operation in Sonoma County, California since the 1880's. I really liked it!

A classic Pinot Grigio, it has a bountiful bouquet of flowers in its nose, and an array of fruit flavors, which surround your taste buds with apple, pear, and melon. The finish is clean and crisp with a mild lemon zest flirtation, as it dances off into the sunset! This wine would be good with almost any dinner I can think of, other than beef. I think you would be in heaven to pair this one with oysters on the half shell. Of course, if raw shellfish is not for you, try it with any seafood cocktail from shrimp to crab! This wine is too new to have received any scores, but it did win a silver medal at the 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. I think it deserves the same as its big brother Cab, so I give it a 90!

Score - 90

Price Range - $10 - $14



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