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Peterson Petite Sirah 2003

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Tasting Notes:Petite Sirah is generally considered to lack the complexityof other red varietals. This inky beauty is hereto remind you that Petite Sirah can be as multi-dimensionalas a Zinfandel, Cabernet or Pinot Noir.Along with aromas of sweet dark fruit, youll discoverexotic baking spices and toasty oak that intrigueand lure you into that initial sip. Bright blackberry,raspberry and plum flavors mingle with deliciouscoffee and cocoa to fill your senses. Softening tanninslaced with spicy oak and a hint of mineral framethe robust flavors. As the layers pull together, thelong, luscious finish arrives, bringing a smile to yourlips and the urge for the next sip overwhelms you.Succumb to your desires; there will be no regrets.Vineyards:Our 2003 Petite Sirah is a blend of grapes fromWest Vineyard and Bradford Mountain Vineyard,both located in Dry Creek Valley.The West Vineyard site is a little above the valleyfl oor on the benchland of Dry Creek Valley. Thesoil at the West Vineyard has a larger percentageof clay and gravel resulting in lower yields ofintensely fl avored and balanced fruit.Bradford Mountain Vineyard, on the westernedge of Dry Creek Valley, is 32 acres on the verytop of the mountain (elevation 1000 feet) plantedin the 1980s. Great pains were taken to searchfor the proper varietals and clones to plant in themineral-rich mountain soil. Well-drained, redclaysoil, combined with sunny days and coolnights produce small, intensely fl avored grapeswith a higher acidity and a lower pH than valleyfruit. These grapes are picked at a higher sugar toachieve the perfect balance for exceptional wines.Technical Data:Varietal Breakdown: Harvest Dates:75% Petite Sirah Sept. 28, 200316% Syrah Sept. 22, 20039% Carignane Oct. 15, 2003Appellation: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma CountyAlcohol: 13.7%pH: 3.65TA: 0.63g/100mlBarrel Aging: 21 monthsType of Oak: 85% new American oak15% 2-year-old French oakBottling Date: July 13, 2005Production: 150 casesRelease Date: October 2007

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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

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Snooth User: willhepp
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10/29/2008

There's nothing petite about this petite syrah!



Tasting Notes:Petite Sirah is generally considered to lack the complexityof other red varietals. This inky beauty is hereto remind you that Petite Sirah can be as multi-dimensionalas a Zinfandel, Cabernet or Pinot Noir.Along with aromas of sweet dark fruit, youll discoverexotic baking spices and toasty oak that intrigueand lure you into that initial sip. Bright blackberry,raspberry and plum flavors mingle with deliciouscoffee and cocoa to fill your senses. Softening tanninslaced with spicy oak and a hint of mineral framethe robust flavors. As the layers pull together, thelong, luscious finish arrives, bringing a smile to yourlips and the urge for the next sip overwhelms you.Succumb to your desires; there will be no regrets.Vineyards:Our 2003 Petite Sirah is a blend of grapes fromWest Vineyard and Bradford Mountain Vineyard,both located in Dry Creek Valley.The West Vineyard site is a little above the valleyfl oor on the benchland of Dry Creek Valley. Thesoil at the West Vineyard has a larger percentageof clay and gravel resulting in lower yields ofintensely fl avored and balanced fruit.Bradford Mountain Vineyard, on the westernedge of Dry Creek Valley, is 32 acres on the verytop of the mountain (elevation 1000 feet) plantedin the 1980s. Great pains were taken to searchfor the proper varietals and clones to plant in themineral-rich mountain soil. Well-drained, redclaysoil, combined with sunny days and coolnights produce small, intensely fl avored grapeswith a higher acidity and a lower pH than valleyfruit. These grapes are picked at a higher sugar toachieve the perfect balance for exceptional wines.Technical Data:Varietal Breakdown: Harvest Dates:75% Petite Sirah Sept. 28, 200316% Syrah Sept. 22, 20039% Carignane Oct. 15, 2003Appellation: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma CountyAlcohol: 13.7%pH: 3.65TA: 0.63g/100mlBarrel Aging: 21 monthsType of Oak: 85% new American oak15% 2-year-old French oakBottling Date: July 13, 2005Production: 150 casesRelease Date: October 2007

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