Review: Geyser Peak 2012 Tectonic and 2013 Walking Tree Cabernet Sauvignon

Two new reds from Sonoma’s Geyser Peak, both cabernet-focused but wildly different in style — despite both hailing from the same appellation. Let’s give this duo a spin!

2012 Geyser Peak Tectonic Red Blend Alexander Valley – A very dry blend of cabernet sauvignon, petit verdot, and petite sirah. The cab takes center stage, with brambly currants, dried savory herbs, and some coffee bean notes leading the way to just a hint of purple flowers and chewier cherry notes on the finish. B+ / $30

2013 Geyser Peak Walking Tree Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley – This is a fruitier style of cabernet, in keeping with what’s typical of Sonoma. The wine shows off plenty of strawberry and maraschino cherry notes, fading slowly into a slightly sweet character that features vanilla and a touch of mocha. The engaging and approachable finish is soft and ready-to-go right now; no cellar time needed here. A- / $30

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