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Peterson Zinfandel Bernier Zinyard 2009

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Awards Accolades: About This Wine: Since we produce several Zins, we ofer a range of styles and favor profles for Zin lovers. Our Bernier Zin we refer to as the Pinot-lover’s Zin, with its understated aromas and nuanced favors. Aromatics of subtle blackberry, spicy plum and a mineral essence are tightly wound, but loosen when allowed to breathe. Elegant and integrated, the palate offers soft dark tones with rich plum and dark cherry at the core. The lingering finish reveals cola, black pepper, mixed berries and a touch of mocha.<br/><br/> Try this smooth number with chicken breasts and veggies tossed with pasta, fresh herbs and olive oil, or grilled duck.<br/><br/> <strong>Zinyard Notes:</strong> Why call it a Zinyard? Orginally Paul and Yael Bernier planted only Zinfandel on the hillside behind their house of of Canyon Road in northern Dry Creek Valley. Like many of the early Italian immigrant growers, they planted a small block of Petite Sirah alongside the Zin.<br/><br/> Although the Zinfandel vines were planted in 1990, the Bernier Zinyard makes old-time growers feel they are walking into the past when they stroll among the vines. It is a traditional dry-farmed, head-trained (non-trellised) vineyard with Italo Sbragio’s old clone Zin grafted on to St. George rootstock. Tat combination embodies the very roots of Dry Creek Valley viticulture and refects Peterson Winery’s values of savoring and embracing time-honored traditions.<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> 100% Bernier Zinyard<br/><br/> <strong>Varietal Breakdown:</strong> 90% Zinfandel, 10% Petite Sirah<br/><br/> <strong>Harvest Dates:</strong> September 2009<br/><br/> <strong>Appellation:</strong> Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County<br/><br/> <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 13.9%<br/><br/> <strong>pH:</strong> 3.71<br/><br/> <strong>TA:</strong> 0.64g/100ml<br/><br/> <strong>Barrel Aging:</strong> 17 months<br/><br/> <strong>Types of Oak:</strong> 10% new American oak barrels, 90% 4-8 year-old French oak barrels<br/><br/> <strong>Bottling Date:</strong> March 9 2011 (unfined unfiltered)<br/><br/> <strong>Production:</strong> 225 cases<br/><br/> <strong>Release Date:</strong> October 2011<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

Awards Accolades: About This Wine: Since we produce several Zins, we ofer a range of styles and favor profles for Zin lovers. Our Bernier Zin we refer to as the Pinot-lover’s Zin, with its understated aromas and nuanced favors. Aromatics of subtle blackberry, spicy plum and a mineral essence are tightly wound, but loosen when allowed to breathe. Elegant and integrated, the palate offers soft dark tones with rich plum and dark cherry at the core. The lingering finish reveals cola, black pepper, mixed berries and a touch of mocha.<br/><br/> Try this smooth number with chicken breasts and veggies tossed with pasta, fresh herbs and olive oil, or grilled duck.<br/><br/> <strong>Zinyard Notes:</strong> Why call it a Zinyard? Orginally Paul and Yael Bernier planted only Zinfandel on the hillside behind their house of of Canyon Road in northern Dry Creek Valley. Like many of the early Italian immigrant growers, they planted a small block of Petite Sirah alongside the Zin.<br/><br/> Although the Zinfandel vines were planted in 1990, the Bernier Zinyard makes old-time growers feel they are walking into the past when they stroll among the vines. It is a traditional dry-farmed, head-trained (non-trellised) vineyard with Italo Sbragio’s old clone Zin grafted on to St. George rootstock. Tat combination embodies the very roots of Dry Creek Valley viticulture and refects Peterson Winery’s values of savoring and embracing time-honored traditions.<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> 100% Bernier Zinyard<br/><br/> <strong>Varietal Breakdown:</strong> 90% Zinfandel, 10% Petite Sirah<br/><br/> <strong>Harvest Dates:</strong> September 2009<br/><br/> <strong>Appellation:</strong> Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County<br/><br/> <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 13.9%<br/><br/> <strong>pH:</strong> 3.71<br/><br/> <strong>TA:</strong> 0.64g/100ml<br/><br/> <strong>Barrel Aging:</strong> 17 months<br/><br/> <strong>Types of Oak:</strong> 10% new American oak barrels, 90% 4-8 year-old French oak barrels<br/><br/> <strong>Bottling Date:</strong> March 9 2011 (unfined unfiltered)<br/><br/> <strong>Production:</strong> 225 cases<br/><br/> <strong>Release Date:</strong> October 2011<br/><br/>

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