By Robin Alix Austin
During the four days of the High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction nearly one hundred winemakers, wine owners and wine representatives poured hundreds of wines. The majority of these wines were from the United States. The majority of the American wines were from California. The majority of the California wines were from Napa. And the majority of the Napa wines were made with Cabernet Sauvignon.
So when you’re one of the wineries offering a Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa, how do you stand out?
For Andrew Geoffrey Vineyards it is because the wine you’re pouring is exceptional.
And it is all about the wine – while others were pouring a variety of wines and had tables full of marketing materials, photographs and branding paraphernalia, Andrew Geoffrey’s set up was minimal. Winery owner Peter Thompson, dressed casually, offered a taste of one wine. Even the label was simple – white, with just the winery’s name and the vintage.
No photos, no gimmicks, not even a second bottle on the table. Just the one bottle of Andrew Geoffrey’s 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon that was open.
Peter has been producing a single Cabernet Sauvignon since 2000, five years after he bought the undeveloped land on Diamond Mountain. He named the winery for his two sons, Andrew and Geoffrey. The photo to the left shows Peter’s two sons in the vineyard; today they are 19 and 16 years old, and have their own bios on the winery’s website. Winemaker John R. Gibson and viticulturalist Rex Geitner round out the Andrew Geoffrey Vineyards team.
The 13-acre vineyard is located within a 60 acre estate on the highest slopes of the Diamond Mountain District. This is a sub-appellation within the Napa Valley, located along the Mayacamas mountain range between St. Helena and Calistoga. Peter’s description of the view from his porch makes you want to book a ticket on the next flight to San Francisco.
The 2005 Andrew Geoffrey Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon is 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. The wine was aged for approximately 20 months in 80% new French oak barrels.
Lush, layered and well structured, this is a wine that is wonderful to sip now and will continue to impress over the next ten plus years.
The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon is deep reddish-purple in color. Dark berry aromas introduce mouth-filling flavors of blackberries, cassis, licorice, black pepper and cedar. Hints of sweet toasted oak and tannins add depth. The finish is long and satisfying.
In contrast to the set up at the High Museum Wine Auction and its label, Andrew Geoffrey’s wine is anything but simple.
For more about Andrew Geoffrey Vineyards or to order wine visit www.andrewgeoffrey.com.
photograph from Andrew Geoffrey’s website
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