Peterson Zinfandel Bradford Mountain 2003

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Technical Data: Composition: 100% Zinfandel, Bradford Mtn Vnyd Appellation: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County Harvest Dates: October 10, 2003 Alcohol: 14.9% pH: 3.37 TA: 0.72g/100ml Barrel Aging: 21 months Type of Oak: 33% new Hungarian oak barrels 67% 2-5 year-old French oak barrels Bottling Date: July 14, 2005 Production: 225 cases Fred's Vintaged View: I fell in love with mountain wines and mountain vineyards in 1979 when I first laid eyes on Mount Eden Vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains. I carried that devotion to mountain wines with me when I moved up to Dry Creek Valley in 1983 to develop a vineyard and build my house on Bradford Mountain. The Bradford Mountain Zinfandel comes from a small, gnarly block of Zinfandel planted before 1900. With the exception of a few old Petite Sirah vines in the block, it's pretty much all Zinfandel. Unlike the benchland Zins, the mountain Zin has a peppery quality and more black fruit character (think wild blackberry). I'm fond of saying that this is wine with incredible Zin fruit on the palate and a structure like a great cabernet. Though few Zinfandels can stand up to more than a decade of bottle aging, this is certainly one of them and will reward those folks with the proper storage and patience to lay it down. Tasting Notes: Bradford Mountain wines come with their own set of rules. The mountain soil infuses a solid structure, high acids and a mineral quality that some describe as edgy into every grape. Our 2003 Bradford Mountain Zin plays strictly by these rules. Freshly crushed raspberries fuse with creamy vanilla and spicy black pepper to create aromas so enticing that resistance is impossible. The taste lives up to the aroma's allure and charms you with intense and diverse flavors. Softening tannins caress rich ripe raspberry and juicy blackberry flavors forming a brambly character. Spicy white and black pepper encases the full mouthfeel, with that edgy mineral essence filling out the finish. Obtaining the perfect balance, this Zin matches with a myriad of cuisines and special evenings, too. Vineyard: Bradford Mountain Estate Vineyard, on the western edge of Dry Creek Valley, is 32 acres on the very top of the mountain (elevation 1000 feet) planted in the 1980s. Great pains were taken to search for the proper varietals and clones to plant in the mineral-rich mountain soil. Well-drained, red-clay soil, combined with sunny days and cool nights produce small, intensely flavored grapes with a higher acidity and a lower pH than valley fruit. These grapes are picked at a higher sugar to achieve the perfect balance for exceptional wines.

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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: 100% Zinfandel, Bradford Mtn Vnyd Appellation: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County Harvest Dates: October 10, 2003 Alcohol: 14.9% pH: 3.37 TA: 0.72g/100ml Barrel Aging: 21 months Type of Oak: 33% new Hungarian oak barrels 67% 2-5 year-old French oak barrels Bottling Date: July 14, 2005 Production: 225 cases Fred's Vintaged View: I fell in love with mountain wines and mountain vineyards in 1979 when I first laid eyes on Mount Eden Vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains. I carried that devotion to mountain wines with me when I moved up to Dry Creek Valley in 1983 to develop a vineyard and build my house on Bradford Mountain. The Bradford Mountain Zinfandel comes from a small, gnarly block of Zinfandel planted before 1900. With the exception of a few old Petite Sirah vines in the block, it's pretty much all Zinfandel. Unlike the benchland Zins, the mountain Zin has a peppery quality and more black fruit character (think wild blackberry). I'm fond of saying that this is wine with incredible Zin fruit on the palate and a structure like a great cabernet. Though few Zinfandels can stand up to more than a decade of bottle aging, this is certainly one of them and will reward those folks with the proper storage and patience to lay it down. Tasting Notes: Bradford Mountain wines come with their own set of rules. The mountain soil infuses a solid structure, high acids and a mineral quality that some describe as edgy into every grape. Our 2003 Bradford Mountain Zin plays strictly by these rules. Freshly crushed raspberries fuse with creamy vanilla and spicy black pepper to create aromas so enticing that resistance is impossible. The taste lives up to the aroma's allure and charms you with intense and diverse flavors. Softening tannins caress rich ripe raspberry and juicy blackberry flavors forming a brambly character. Spicy white and black pepper encases the full mouthfeel, with that edgy mineral essence filling out the finish. Obtaining the perfect balance, this Zin matches with a myriad of cuisines and special evenings, too. Vineyard: Bradford Mountain Estate Vineyard, on the western edge of Dry Creek Valley, is 32 acres on the very top of the mountain (elevation 1000 feet) planted in the 1980s. Great pains were taken to search for the proper varietals and clones to plant in the mineral-rich mountain soil. Well-drained, red-clay soil, combined with sunny days and cool nights produce small, intensely flavored grapes with a higher acidity and a lower pH than valley fruit. These grapes are picked at a higher sugar to achieve the perfect balance for exceptional wines.

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