Because of the superb fruit harvested from Ascentia Estate Vineyard, Geyser Peak crafted this 'estate-designated' wine. This inaugural wine was released in 2001. The vineyard was acquired by Geyser Peak in 1999, and the Cabernet Sauvignon vines produce wines with a flavor and structural profile that is utterly distinct, even within Alexander Valley Cabernet. Rather than jammy blackberry and cassis flavors, this Cabernet tends toward vibrant cherry and raspberry fruit. This Bordeaux-like restraint, consistent from vintage to vintage, and distinct from the winery's neighboring vineyards, is likely due to clonal selection.
Located in the center of Alexander Valley, the vineyard sits in the moderate zone between the cooler, southern end of the appellation, which is cooled by diurnal fogs, and its warmer, northern region. Its undulating hillsides are planted to twenty-five year old Cabernet Sauvignon, including a distinctive parcel, or block, nicknamed "The Wedding Cake," for a series of stacked, circular terraces.
Unusually diverse in its terroir, the ranch's soil is composed of an array of marine-influenced and volcanic-influenced parent materials. Together with the site's myriad sun exposures and varying elevations, these characteristics create up to fifteen unique blocks within the vineyard. Each of these blocks is vinified separately, allowing our Winemaker Ondine Chattan the flexibility to select from a multitude of styles for a beautifully layered wine.