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Peterson Syrah Gravity Flow Block Bradford Mountain Vineyard 2004

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Technical Data: Composition: 92% Syrah 8% Viognier Appellation: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County Bradford Mountain Vineyard Gravity Flow Block Harvest Dates: September 1, 2004 Alcohol: 14.8% pH: 3.70 TA: 0.60g/100ml Barrel Aging: 20 months Type of Oak: 60% New French oak barrels, 40% 1-2 yr-old French oak barrels Bottling Date: May 19, 2006 Production: 200 cases Fred's Vintaged View & Vineyard Notes: The "Gravity Flow Block" Syrah is the realization of a dream of mine to produce a Syrah grown on the most exposed, welldrained location on our Bradford Mountain vineyard. This rocky hillock directly behind my house on Bradford Mountain got its name from the fact that at the top sits our 10,000 gallon water tank that serves our house and garden via gravity fl ow. Though I had cleared the brush off the hill in the early 1990's, it remained unplanted through the remainder of the decade as I put my efforts into our new winery business. In March 2001, I planted the vineyard to 90% Syrah (5 clones), 8% Viognier and 2% Petite Sirah with the vines planted 3 feet apart in the row and 6 feet between rows. Though the rocky ground made digging the planting holes a pain, we dug extra large holes mixing the rocky parent soil with substantial quantities of compost to give the vines a jump-start. We trained the vines up their training stakes that year and in 2002 harvested a small crop that we blended into our Mendocino Carignane. The 2004 "Gravity Flow" Syrah was harvested on September 1st. After a week of soak/fermentation with frequent punch downs for extraction of color and fl avor, the wine was drained/pressed and barreled down. 2004 was a very warm year, with very ripe fruit. The mountain grapes were able to maintain a natural balance of acidity and sugar, something diffi cult to achieve in hot years, which is another testament to the virtues of mountaingrown grapes. The resulting wine is head spinning with big chewy, juicy flavors and lots of fruit. And at the core of this wine you'll discover that amazing mineral essence, the trademark of Bradford Mountain terroir. Tasting Notes: Seductive aromas of creamy cherry and plum with hints of coffee and caramel make you want to tumble in headfi rst. Juicy blackberry and cherry fruit flavors meld with toffee-infused coffee and leather. Softening tannins layer with toasty oak and caramel. The succulent flavors culminate mid-palate, giving our '04 Syrah an incredible finish that has you longing for more.

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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

Technical Data: Composition: 92% Syrah 8% Viognier Appellation: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County Bradford Mountain Vineyard Gravity Flow Block Harvest Dates: September 1, 2004 Alcohol: 14.8% pH: 3.70 TA: 0.60g/100ml Barrel Aging: 20 months Type of Oak: 60% New French oak barrels, 40% 1-2 yr-old French oak barrels Bottling Date: May 19, 2006 Production: 200 cases Fred's Vintaged View & Vineyard Notes: The "Gravity Flow Block" Syrah is the realization of a dream of mine to produce a Syrah grown on the most exposed, welldrained location on our Bradford Mountain vineyard. This rocky hillock directly behind my house on Bradford Mountain got its name from the fact that at the top sits our 10,000 gallon water tank that serves our house and garden via gravity fl ow. Though I had cleared the brush off the hill in the early 1990's, it remained unplanted through the remainder of the decade as I put my efforts into our new winery business. In March 2001, I planted the vineyard to 90% Syrah (5 clones), 8% Viognier and 2% Petite Sirah with the vines planted 3 feet apart in the row and 6 feet between rows. Though the rocky ground made digging the planting holes a pain, we dug extra large holes mixing the rocky parent soil with substantial quantities of compost to give the vines a jump-start. We trained the vines up their training stakes that year and in 2002 harvested a small crop that we blended into our Mendocino Carignane. The 2004 "Gravity Flow" Syrah was harvested on September 1st. After a week of soak/fermentation with frequent punch downs for extraction of color and fl avor, the wine was drained/pressed and barreled down. 2004 was a very warm year, with very ripe fruit. The mountain grapes were able to maintain a natural balance of acidity and sugar, something diffi cult to achieve in hot years, which is another testament to the virtues of mountaingrown grapes. The resulting wine is head spinning with big chewy, juicy flavors and lots of fruit. And at the core of this wine you'll discover that amazing mineral essence, the trademark of Bradford Mountain terroir. Tasting Notes: Seductive aromas of creamy cherry and plum with hints of coffee and caramel make you want to tumble in headfi rst. Juicy blackberry and cherry fruit flavors meld with toffee-infused coffee and leather. Softening tannins layer with toasty oak and caramel. The succulent flavors culminate mid-palate, giving our '04 Syrah an incredible finish that has you longing for more.

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