Peterson Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

Winemaker's Notes:

Tasting Notes:Aromatics of freshly crushed blackberries mingle with darkcurrants against a cedar and mineral essence backdrop.Characteristics found in the nose are mirrored in the flavors along with hints of spice and cocoa. As the wine opens, the lush mouthfeel reveals a firm structure of softening tannins, fine acidity and well-integrated oak.The Bradford Mountain terroir lends finesse and the signature minerality to this Cabernet, creating a wine with elegance and powera rare combination.Vineyard:Bradford Mountain Estate Vineyard, on the western edgeof the Dry Creek Valley is where Fred and Kathleen liveand raised their children, and where Fred planted his firstvineyard in Dry Creek in 1983. The vineyard is located justsouth of Bradford Peak at 1,000 ft. elevation with the perfect southwest exposure. The Cabernet Sauvignon clone planted is the "La Cuesta" selection that was planted in Woodside, California by Dr. Rixford in the 1880's from cuttings taken from Chateaux Margaux. The Petit Verdot selection goes back to the long abandoned Jackson Field Station in the Sierra Foothills planted in the 1880's by Eugene Hilgard, the first U.C. Viticulture & Enology professor. The well-drained, red clay soil of Bradford Mountain combined with sunny days and cool nights produce small, intensely flavored grapes.Fred's Vintaged View:This is our most terroir-driven winea Peterson winethat shouts out its origins with every sip. The BradfordMountain vineyards produce wine grapes with a uniqueand very recognizable minerality, and that expression ofplace reaches its apex in the Bradford Mountain VineyardCabernet Sauvignon.The intensity of the Cabernet Sauvignon is complementedwith exotic fruit and wonderful aromatics from PetiteVerdot to create a wine that offers layer upon layer of flavors and aromas. Though big and bold, this is still a wine with balance and finesse. It is not one of those over-oaked, over-extracted and high-alcohol creations that are currently the rage with some wine critics, yet have no place on the table, nor the potential for successful bottle aging. This is a wine that will definitely benefit from both bottle age and/or decanting to allow the wine to open and reveal all of its depth and complexity.Technical Data:Composition: 100% Bradford Mountain VineyardVarietal Breakdown: Harvest Dates:95% Cabernet Sauvignon Sept. 23, 20045% Petite Verdot Sept. 23, 2004(A co-fermented field blend)Appellation: Bradford Mountain VineyardDry Creek Valley, Sonoma CountyAlcohol: 13.9%pH: 3.47TA: 0.6g/100mlBarrel Aging: 18 monthsType of Oak: 50% new Bordeaux oak barrels50% 2-3 year-old French oakBottling Date: June 16, 2006Production: 350 cases (750ml)/40 cases (375ml)Release Date: February 2008

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Peterson and Sons Winery:
Peterson Winery has been producing wine in Dry Creek Valley for over 20 years and, like most wineries in the Valley, produces Zinfandel as well as other wines. Yet a closer look shows that is where the similarities end. Owner Fred Peterson is an iconoclast with an old world winemaking philosophy and a reverence for sustainable farming. The Peterson approach is to capture the essence of vintage... Read more
Peterson Winery has been producing wine in Dry Creek Valley for over 20 years and, like most wineries in the Valley, produces Zinfandel as well as other wines. Yet a closer look shows that is where the similarities end. Owner Fred Peterson is an iconoclast with an old world winemaking philosophy and a reverence for sustainable farming. The Peterson approach is to capture the essence of vintage and vineyard—a philosophy they call Zero Manipulation—with low tech, yet high touch. The evolution of Peterson wines and winemaking, to produce wines of a place, wines with soul, accelerated when Fred's son Jamie became assistant winemaker in the summer of 2002. In 2006, after moving from the tiny red barn on Lytton Springs to TimberCrest Farms, Jamie was given the overall responsibilities as winemaker. As a winegrowing team, Fred and Jamie assess the grapes from each vineyard and vintage as the season progresses, evaluating how the weather, soil and site are interacting for the particular vintage. At Peterson winery, the winemaking process begins while the grapes are still on the vines. Zero Manipulation is a discipline the Petersons follow to capture the character and balance of inherent in the grapes. Zero Manipulation means using the most gentle, traditional winemaking practices possible to maximize the flavors, aromatics and texture of the wines. Fred and Jamie celebrate vintage differences and don't tweak or homogenize the wine to obtain consistency of flavors, a common practice in mass-market wineries. Fred has practiced sustainable farming in all the vineyards he's planted and nurtured in his long career. He continues his passion for grape growing in his own Bradford Mountain vineyard as well as his vineyard consulting practice. When looking for grapes for Peterson wines, Fred sought growers who from the beginning practiced sustainable farming, reinforcing his support of time-honored winegrowing traditions. Sustainability means to maintain or to nourish without destroying or using up. Fred's desire for sustainable relationships extends beyond the land. Sustainability is woven into his relationship with his growers. Fair market value for grapes during good years and lean years have always been his practice. The result is long-term relationships with quality growers, both in Dry Creek and Mendocino County. For Fred and Jamie, Peterson Winery is all about the wines. But if you look a little deeper, you'll see the heart and soul that goes into every bottle. Read less

Tasting Notes:Aromatics of freshly crushed blackberries mingle with darkcurrants against a cedar and mineral essence backdrop.Characteristics found in the nose are mirrored in the flavors along with hints of spice and cocoa. As the wine opens, the lush mouthfeel reveals a firm structure of softening tannins, fine acidity and well-integrated oak.The Bradford Mountain terroir lends finesse and the signature minerality to this Cabernet, creating a wine with elegance and powera rare combination.Vineyard:Bradford Mountain Estate Vineyard, on the western edgeof the Dry Creek Valley is where Fred and Kathleen liveand raised their children, and where Fred planted his firstvineyard in Dry Creek in 1983. The vineyard is located justsouth of Bradford Peak at 1,000 ft. elevation with the perfect southwest exposure. The Cabernet Sauvignon clone planted is the "La Cuesta" selection that was planted in Woodside, California by Dr. Rixford in the 1880's from cuttings taken from Chateaux Margaux. The Petit Verdot selection goes back to the long abandoned Jackson Field Station in the Sierra Foothills planted in the 1880's by Eugene Hilgard, the first U.C. Viticulture & Enology professor. The well-drained, red clay soil of Bradford Mountain combined with sunny days and cool nights produce small, intensely flavored grapes.Fred's Vintaged View:This is our most terroir-driven winea Peterson winethat shouts out its origins with every sip. The BradfordMountain vineyards produce wine grapes with a uniqueand very recognizable minerality, and that expression ofplace reaches its apex in the Bradford Mountain VineyardCabernet Sauvignon.The intensity of the Cabernet Sauvignon is complementedwith exotic fruit and wonderful aromatics from PetiteVerdot to create a wine that offers layer upon layer of flavors and aromas. Though big and bold, this is still a wine with balance and finesse. It is not one of those over-oaked, over-extracted and high-alcohol creations that are currently the rage with some wine critics, yet have no place on the table, nor the potential for successful bottle aging. This is a wine that will definitely benefit from both bottle age and/or decanting to allow the wine to open and reveal all of its depth and complexity.Technical Data:Composition: 100% Bradford Mountain VineyardVarietal Breakdown: Harvest Dates:95% Cabernet Sauvignon Sept. 23, 20045% Petite Verdot Sept. 23, 2004(A co-fermented field blend)Appellation: Bradford Mountain VineyardDry Creek Valley, Sonoma CountyAlcohol: 13.9%pH: 3.47TA: 0.6g/100mlBarrel Aging: 18 monthsType of Oak: 50% new Bordeaux oak barrels50% 2-3 year-old French oakBottling Date: June 16, 2006Production: 350 cases (750ml)/40 cases (375ml)Release Date: February 2008

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