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Peterson Zinfandel 2003

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Technical Data: Composition: Varietal Breakdown: Harvest Dates: 87% Zinfandel - Norton Ranch Sept. 14, 2003 13% Carignane - Tollini Vnyd Oct. 15, 2003 Appellation: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County Alcohol: 14.6% pH: 3.70 TA: 0.62g/100ml Barrel Aging: 21 months Type of Oak: 85% 2-4 year old French oak barrels 15% new Hungarian oak barrels Bottling Date: June 1, 2005 Production: 200 cases Release Date: March 2007 Tasting Notes: Searching for a classic Zinfandel with those unmistakable Dry Creek Valley flavors infused into every drop? Then look no further. Our '03 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel exhibits those memorable aromas and flavors found in valley-grown Zinfandels. Sweet raspberry aromas mingle with vanilla, cardamom and black pepper. A delicious blend of flavors — including plum, blackberry and raspberry with hints of black pepper and candied strawberries — create layer after layer of tasting pleasure. Well-balanced, with excellent structure, this juicy, food-friendly Zinfandel complements a extensive array of meals and appetizers, and is perfect to just sip as you unwind from your day. Primary Vineyard: Norton Ranch Estate The Norton Ranch Estate vineyard sits a little above the valley fl oor on the benchland of Dry Creek Valley. The soil at Norton Ranch has a larger percentage of clay and gravel resulting in lower yields of intensely fl avored and balanced fruit. Fred's Vintaged View: 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 refl ects 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 "in your face" quality. Our 2003 Dry Creek blend is a very food-friendly wine with 13% Carignane in the blend to give the wine more complexity and depth of flavors. Well-balanced with a nice structure of fruit and tannins, this Zinfandel has extra depth and more nuances then the typical high alcohol, "fruit bomb" Zinfandels.

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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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Vintage: 2000 01/16/2009

A Zinfandel wine from California in USA. 2000 Peterson Winery Zinfandel 750ml



Technical Data: Composition: Varietal Breakdown: Harvest Dates: 87% Zinfandel - Norton Ranch Sept. 14, 2003 13% Carignane - Tollini Vnyd Oct. 15, 2003 Appellation: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County Alcohol: 14.6% pH: 3.70 TA: 0.62g/100ml Barrel Aging: 21 months Type of Oak: 85% 2-4 year old French oak barrels 15% new Hungarian oak barrels Bottling Date: June 1, 2005 Production: 200 cases Release Date: March 2007 Tasting Notes: Searching for a classic Zinfandel with those unmistakable Dry Creek Valley flavors infused into every drop? Then look no further. Our '03 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel exhibits those memorable aromas and flavors found in valley-grown Zinfandels. Sweet raspberry aromas mingle with vanilla, cardamom and black pepper. A delicious blend of flavors — including plum, blackberry and raspberry with hints of black pepper and candied strawberries — create layer after layer of tasting pleasure. Well-balanced, with excellent structure, this juicy, food-friendly Zinfandel complements a extensive array of meals and appetizers, and is perfect to just sip as you unwind from your day. Primary Vineyard: Norton Ranch Estate The Norton Ranch Estate vineyard sits a little above the valley fl oor on the benchland of Dry Creek Valley. The soil at Norton Ranch has a larger percentage of clay and gravel resulting in lower yields of intensely fl avored and balanced fruit. Fred's Vintaged View: 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 refl ects 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 "in your face" quality. Our 2003 Dry Creek blend is a very food-friendly wine with 13% Carignane in the blend to give the wine more complexity and depth of flavors. Well-balanced with a nice structure of fruit and tannins, this Zinfandel has extra depth and more nuances then the typical high alcohol, "fruit bomb" Zinfandels.

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