Walking Tree Vineyard
High elevation and rocky soils drain quickly on this steep slope.
The small, beautifully situated Walking Tree Vineyard is a newly developed site on a steep slope directly above the winery estate, planted as part of Winemaker Ondine Chattan's ongoing effort to seek out more hillside Cabernet Sauvignon vines in Alexander Valley. During the clearing of the site in 2001, our vineyard crew was struck by a remarkable tree which, over a period of months, "walked" from the vineyard's summit down the steep grade, while remaining completely upright. Thus, the vineyard seemed to name itself.
The Geyser Peak Winery viticulture team has been able to control every aspect of this site's development. The choice of row direction, trellising, clones, rootstock and all other vineyard practices are in keeping with the development of a world-class hillside Cabernet site. The very lean soil and substantial rock in the vineyard's upper horizon lessen fertility and keep fruit and berry clusters small, while sun exposure and microclimate provide ideal ripening conditions.
This ripe, full bodied wine reflects the unique topography and microclimate of Walking Tree vineyard, with its morning sun influence and mid-valley elevation. Comprised of 12 pristine acres near the Geyser Peak Winery in the heart of Alexander Valley, Walking Tree's eastern facing rows bask in bright sunshine during the morning and are protected from direct sun during the hot afternoon. This balanced sun exposure promotes slow, steady ripening and ideal flavor development