Sunday, February 16, 2014

Wine of The Week: Uncensored Red ($12) by Geyser Peak of Sonoma County

A winemaking pioneer breaks the boundaries of tradition with a bold, but balanced  wine

by Dwight Casimere

GEYSERVILLE, CA.-- Geyser Peak is one of Sonoma County's pioneering wineries, but its newest offering, Uncensored Red ($12) breaks all bounds of tradition. It's a bold expression that pushes the bounds of tradition; blending noble grapes with non-traditional varieties to create a completely unorthodox yet pleasurable wine experience.

Uncensored Red 2011 is a blend of Merlot, Syrah, Malbec, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannat, Petit Verdot and Zinfandel. Intensity is the watchword for this wine, with its lush flavors of tart pomegranate, succulent blackberries and hints of dark chocolate. Fruit flavors literally brim forth and drip from the corners of your mouth, yet, there's an elegant balance that makes it an ideal companion for food pairing. Wood-fired pizza. blackened steak or chicken, a bowl of ripe Mediterranean olives or ripe, aged cheese are the first things that come to mind. Try it with Osso Bucco or grandma's meat loaf recipe. Of course, Baby back ribs pulled piping hot off the grill or a Kobe burger, crunchy seared on the outside and oozing pink on the inside with a healthy dollop of Maytag Bleu on top served on a pretzel roll with crispy garlic fries is yet another option. The winery only made 20,000 cases, so a wine this complex at a price just over $10 a bottle is hard to beat. Better to get a case now that its readily available than to be sorry later when its all gone!

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