Peterson Winery Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2007

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About This Wine: The subtle aromas of deep-seated fruit and earth belie the favors to come. The creamy rich mouthfeel is loaded with spicy blackberry, candied strawberry, vanillin oak and a touch of earth. Full-bodied, smooth and balanced, this Zin offers integrated oak, tannins and fruit, creating a versatile, food-friendly wine that can also be enjoyed just by itself.<br/><br/> <strong>About The Vineyards:</strong><br/><br/> <strong>West Vineyard:</strong> The West Vineyard sites a little above the valley foor on the benchland of Dry Creek Valley. The soil at the West Vineyard has a larger percentage of clay and gravel resulting in lower yields of intensely favored and balanced fruit.<br/><br/> <strong>Funsten Vineyard:</strong> The Funsten Vineyard sits a little above the valley foor on the benchland of Dry Creek Valley. The soil also has a larger percentage of clay and gravel resulting in lower yields of intensely favored and balanced fruit.<br/><br/> <strong>Bradford Mountain Estate Vineyard:</strong> The vineyard is located just south of Bradford Peak at 1,000 ft. elevation with the perfect southwest exposure. Well-drained, red-clay soil, combined with sunny days and cool nights produce small, intensely favored grapes with a higher acidity <br/>and a lower pH than valley fruit.<br/><br/> <strong>Fred's (Peterson) Vintaged View:</strong><br/><br/> Though all of our Zinfandels are made from Dry Creek Valley grapes, our Dry Creek blend, as we refer to it, is a wine that we hope refects the overall Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel terroir, as opposed to a single-vineyard character. It’s also the Zinfandel that contains the highest percentages of blending varietals to give the wine maximum spice and an intriguing multifaceted quality.<br/><br/> Our 2007 Dry Creek blend is a very classic, “blackberry pie” Zinfandel. 10% Petite Sirah and 6% Carignane gives the wine additional complexity and depth of favors. Accompanying the depth of fruit favors, you’ll fnd richness, complexity, spice, and earthiness to create a full favored yet food-friendly wine.<br/><br/> The ’07 growing season produced ripe, intense fruit. This fruitiness and intensity is refected in all of our 2007 wines. Enjoy!<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>Composition:</strong> 84% Zinfandel, 10% Petite Sirah, 6% Carignane<br/><br/> <strong>Appellation:</strong> West Vineyard, Funsten Vineyard, Bradford Mountain Vineyard; Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County<br/><br/> <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 15.6%<br/><br/> <strong>pH:</strong> 3.70<br/><br/> <strong>TA:</strong> 0.60/100ml<br/><br/> <strong>Barrel Aging:</strong> 20 months<br/><br/> <strong>Type of Oak:</strong> 80% 4-7 year old mixed neutral oak barrels, 10% new Hungarian oak barrels 10% new American oak barrels<br/><br/> <strong>Bottling Date:</strong> May 15, 2009<br/><br/> <strong>Production:</strong> 850 cases<br/><br/> <strong>Release Date:</strong> May 2010<br/><br/>

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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: MrRiesling
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A bit oaky on the nose. Strong floral flavors on the palate. 88 pts.

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  • Snooth User: doperry
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    06/10/2011

    A supremely tasty red zin. Heavy cherry, raspberry and earth flavors. Goes down silky smooth with a slight oaky finish



    About This Wine: The subtle aromas of deep-seated fruit and earth belie the favors to come. The creamy rich mouthfeel is loaded with spicy blackberry, candied strawberry, vanillin oak and a touch of earth. Full-bodied, smooth and balanced, this Zin offers integrated oak, tannins and fruit, creating a versatile, food-friendly wine that can also be enjoyed just by itself.<br/><br/> <strong>About The Vineyards:</strong><br/><br/> <strong>West Vineyard:</strong> The West Vineyard sites a little above the valley foor on the benchland of Dry Creek Valley. The soil at the West Vineyard has a larger percentage of clay and gravel resulting in lower yields of intensely favored and balanced fruit.<br/><br/> <strong>Funsten Vineyard:</strong> The Funsten Vineyard sits a little above the valley foor on the benchland of Dry Creek Valley. The soil also has a larger percentage of clay and gravel resulting in lower yields of intensely favored and balanced fruit.<br/><br/> <strong>Bradford Mountain Estate Vineyard:</strong> The vineyard is located just south of Bradford Peak at 1,000 ft. elevation with the perfect southwest exposure. Well-drained, red-clay soil, combined with sunny days and cool nights produce small, intensely favored grapes with a higher acidity <br/>and a lower pH than valley fruit.<br/><br/> <strong>Fred's (Peterson) Vintaged View:</strong><br/><br/> Though all of our Zinfandels are made from Dry Creek Valley grapes, our Dry Creek blend, as we refer to it, is a wine that we hope refects the overall Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel terroir, as opposed to a single-vineyard character. It’s also the Zinfandel that contains the highest percentages of blending varietals to give the wine maximum spice and an intriguing multifaceted quality.<br/><br/> Our 2007 Dry Creek blend is a very classic, “blackberry pie” Zinfandel. 10% Petite Sirah and 6% Carignane gives the wine additional complexity and depth of favors. Accompanying the depth of fruit favors, you’ll fnd richness, complexity, spice, and earthiness to create a full favored yet food-friendly wine.<br/><br/> The ’07 growing season produced ripe, intense fruit. This fruitiness and intensity is refected in all of our 2007 wines. Enjoy!<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>Composition:</strong> 84% Zinfandel, 10% Petite Sirah, 6% Carignane<br/><br/> <strong>Appellation:</strong> West Vineyard, Funsten Vineyard, Bradford Mountain Vineyard; Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County<br/><br/> <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 15.6%<br/><br/> <strong>pH:</strong> 3.70<br/><br/> <strong>TA:</strong> 0.60/100ml<br/><br/> <strong>Barrel Aging:</strong> 20 months<br/><br/> <strong>Type of Oak:</strong> 80% 4-7 year old mixed neutral oak barrels, 10% new Hungarian oak barrels 10% new American oak barrels<br/><br/> <strong>Bottling Date:</strong> May 15, 2009<br/><br/> <strong>Production:</strong> 850 cases<br/><br/> <strong>Release Date:</strong> May 2010<br/><br/>

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