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25th Anniversary Ltd. Edition Forchini Vineyard Carignane 2009

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About This Wine: Engaging aromas of spicy plum, strawberry jam and a hint of rose petal denote a classic Carignane, and the palate follows suit. The dark spicy mouthfeel reveals cherry and plum around a core of ripe strawberry, subtle black licorice, a hint of mineral and [sweet] vanillin oak. Well-integrate tannins and oak showcase the solid structure produced by the old vine fruit.<br/><br/> This wine offers a complexity rarely found in this varietal, but worth seeking out because it’s such a joy to drink. Try pairing it with slow-roasted pull pork over a bed of creamy polenta, or baked rigatoni with Italian sausage and fennel.<br/><br/> <strong>Jamie's (Peterson) Vintaged View Vineyard Notes:</strong> The Forchini’s, our next-door neighbors on the eastern bench of the Dry Creek Valley, own a gem of a vineyard, with 100-year-old Zinfandel vines and 2 acres of 60+year-old Carignane vines as the crown jewels. When offered, we jumped at the chance to get some of the Carignane grapes and we haven’t looked back (other than to extend the grape contract few more years.). Planted on well-drained benchland soil, this vineyard is completely non-irrigated, sustainably farmed, and provides fantastic grapes with which to work.<br/><br/> We initially purchased the Carignane in 2007 for blending—to add spice, brightness and complexity to our Zinfandels and Petite Sirah. We liked the stand-alone wine so much, and luckily we had a small amount remaining after the blending was done. We bottled the remaining Carignane as a single varietal with a vineyard designate. We’ve tripled production since that frst bottling—from one barrel (25 cases) to three barrels (74 cases). With such a small bottling and the limitations of label choices, we decided on a unique look and designed an old-fashioned stencil label. Each bottle is carefully hand painted, giving this old-vine wine the touch of tradition and respect it deserves.<br/><br/> About Peterson Winery: We are located in the Dry Creek Valley, in the northwest region of Sonoma County. Peterson Winery’s new tasting room is now open for wine tasting and sales daily 11am-4:30pm. We often pour our wines at local tasting and charity events as well. Check for upcoming events on the News Events page.<br/><br/> Our wines are also available for tasting at the “LOCALS” tasting room in Geyserville. See tastelocalwines.com for directions and details. Click on the “Find Us” link for a map to the winery and to LOCALS in Geyserville.<br/><br/> If you have any questions about Peterson Winery or our wines, send us an e-mail at friends@petersonwinery.com and we’ll respond as soon as we can.<br/><br/> We can’t tell our whole story here, but we hope that by looking at a few photos and reading a bit more about us, you’ll find out who we are and why we love to make great wines.<br/><br/> About The Winemaker: <strong>Jamie Peterson</strong> - It's not by coincidence that I'm the winemaker at Peterson Winery. I've been helping my father at the winery for the past ten years, back to the days of labeling the bottles by hand. I worked two harvests here at the winery, in 2000 and 2001, and the 2001 harvests Down Under in Australia at Lowe Family Winery, and then in New Zealand, at Ngatarawa Winery. With this solid base of experience, much to my excitement I was given the opportunity of taking over winemaking duties in June 2002, and have been loving it ever since.<br/><br/> Overseeing the quality of the wine from when the grapes come in all the way through to the bottle is my main responsibility and priority. Since it’s just my father and I, this keeps me pretty busy, but when I’m not checking up on barrels or wrestling with the bottling equipment, you can often find me at one the numerous tasting events we attend, whether it is for charity or for the love of wine. In my free time, I’ve started a Peterson Winery softball team with my friends here in Healdsburg. I also enjoy cooking, foraging for local culinary mushrooms, reading, and am a Giants baseball fan. Continuing winemaking tradition of Zero Manipulation.<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>Varietal Breakdown:</strong> 100% Old Vine Carignane<br/><br/> <strong>Vineyard:</strong> Forchini Vineyard<br/><br/> <strong>Appellation:</strong> Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County<br/><br/> <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 14.8%<br/><br/> <strong>pH:</strong> 3.72<br/><br/> <strong>TA:</strong> 0.65<br/><br/> <strong>Barrel Aging:</strong> 21 MOnths<br/><br/> <strong>Types of Oak:</strong> 33% 2-year-old French oak barrels 67% 4-year-old French oak barrels<br/><br/> <strong>Bottling Date:</strong> June 29, 2011 (unfned unfltered)<br/><br/> <strong>Production:</strong> 74 cases<br/><br/> <strong>Release Date:</strong> May 2012<br/><br/>

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Forchini Vineyards and Winery:
Forchini Vineyards & Winery has been growing premium wine grapes in Sonoma County since 1971. The Forchini Family owns and operates the vineyards and winery, producing estate grapes from their vineyards in Russian River and Dry Creek Valleys. Russian River wines are Chardonnay and Pinot Noir; Dry Creek wines are Papa Nonno, a Tuscan style wine; Beau Sierra, a Bordeaux blend; Cabernet Sauvigno... Read more
Forchini Vineyards & Winery has been growing premium wine grapes in Sonoma County since 1971. The Forchini Family owns and operates the vineyards and winery, producing estate grapes from their vineyards in Russian River and Dry Creek Valleys. Russian River wines are Chardonnay and Pinot Noir; Dry Creek wines are Papa Nonno, a Tuscan style wine; Beau Sierra, a Bordeaux blend; Cabernet Sauvignon and Old Vine Zinfandel. Commitment to excellence and love of the land is reflected in each and every bottle of Forchini wine. The Tuscan winery, located in the heart of Dry Creek Valley, is nestled under heritage oak trees. Picnic by the rose garden,while enjoying a glass of Forchini wine! Read less

About This Wine: Engaging aromas of spicy plum, strawberry jam and a hint of rose petal denote a classic Carignane, and the palate follows suit. The dark spicy mouthfeel reveals cherry and plum around a core of ripe strawberry, subtle black licorice, a hint of mineral and [sweet] vanillin oak. Well-integrate tannins and oak showcase the solid structure produced by the old vine fruit.<br/><br/> This wine offers a complexity rarely found in this varietal, but worth seeking out because it’s such a joy to drink. Try pairing it with slow-roasted pull pork over a bed of creamy polenta, or baked rigatoni with Italian sausage and fennel.<br/><br/> <strong>Jamie's (Peterson) Vintaged View Vineyard Notes:</strong> The Forchini’s, our next-door neighbors on the eastern bench of the Dry Creek Valley, own a gem of a vineyard, with 100-year-old Zinfandel vines and 2 acres of 60+year-old Carignane vines as the crown jewels. When offered, we jumped at the chance to get some of the Carignane grapes and we haven’t looked back (other than to extend the grape contract few more years.). Planted on well-drained benchland soil, this vineyard is completely non-irrigated, sustainably farmed, and provides fantastic grapes with which to work.<br/><br/> We initially purchased the Carignane in 2007 for blending—to add spice, brightness and complexity to our Zinfandels and Petite Sirah. We liked the stand-alone wine so much, and luckily we had a small amount remaining after the blending was done. We bottled the remaining Carignane as a single varietal with a vineyard designate. We’ve tripled production since that frst bottling—from one barrel (25 cases) to three barrels (74 cases). With such a small bottling and the limitations of label choices, we decided on a unique look and designed an old-fashioned stencil label. Each bottle is carefully hand painted, giving this old-vine wine the touch of tradition and respect it deserves.<br/><br/> About Peterson Winery: We are located in the Dry Creek Valley, in the northwest region of Sonoma County. Peterson Winery’s new tasting room is now open for wine tasting and sales daily 11am-4:30pm. We often pour our wines at local tasting and charity events as well. Check for upcoming events on the News Events page.<br/><br/> Our wines are also available for tasting at the “LOCALS” tasting room in Geyserville. See tastelocalwines.com for directions and details. Click on the “Find Us” link for a map to the winery and to LOCALS in Geyserville.<br/><br/> If you have any questions about Peterson Winery or our wines, send us an e-mail at friends@petersonwinery.com and we’ll respond as soon as we can.<br/><br/> We can’t tell our whole story here, but we hope that by looking at a few photos and reading a bit more about us, you’ll find out who we are and why we love to make great wines.<br/><br/> About The Winemaker: <strong>Jamie Peterson</strong> - It's not by coincidence that I'm the winemaker at Peterson Winery. I've been helping my father at the winery for the past ten years, back to the days of labeling the bottles by hand. I worked two harvests here at the winery, in 2000 and 2001, and the 2001 harvests Down Under in Australia at Lowe Family Winery, and then in New Zealand, at Ngatarawa Winery. With this solid base of experience, much to my excitement I was given the opportunity of taking over winemaking duties in June 2002, and have been loving it ever since.<br/><br/> Overseeing the quality of the wine from when the grapes come in all the way through to the bottle is my main responsibility and priority. Since it’s just my father and I, this keeps me pretty busy, but when I’m not checking up on barrels or wrestling with the bottling equipment, you can often find me at one the numerous tasting events we attend, whether it is for charity or for the love of wine. In my free time, I’ve started a Peterson Winery softball team with my friends here in Healdsburg. I also enjoy cooking, foraging for local culinary mushrooms, reading, and am a Giants baseball fan. Continuing winemaking tradition of Zero Manipulation.<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>Varietal Breakdown:</strong> 100% Old Vine Carignane<br/><br/> <strong>Vineyard:</strong> Forchini Vineyard<br/><br/> <strong>Appellation:</strong> Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County<br/><br/> <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 14.8%<br/><br/> <strong>pH:</strong> 3.72<br/><br/> <strong>TA:</strong> 0.65<br/><br/> <strong>Barrel Aging:</strong> 21 MOnths<br/><br/> <strong>Types of Oak:</strong> 33% 2-year-old French oak barrels 67% 4-year-old French oak barrels<br/><br/> <strong>Bottling Date:</strong> June 29, 2011 (unfned unfltered)<br/><br/> <strong>Production:</strong> 74 cases<br/><br/> <strong>Release Date:</strong> May 2012<br/><br/>

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