About This Wine: This wine bolts out of the chute like a Brahma bull. Intense spicy black pepper and lush blackberry...Read more...
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About This Wine: This wine bolts out of the chute like a Brahma bull. Intense spicy black pepper and lush blackberry fruit aromas emerge against a vanillin oak and mineral background. Seductive favors burst on the palate—spicy rich blackberry, white pepper and the ever present mineral essence threads through to the lingering finish. Integration of fruit, oak and tannins make this wine a great cellar candidate, yet it may be tough to restrain yourself from drinking it now.<br/><br/> <strong>Fred's (Peterson) Vintaged View:</strong> I fell in love with mountain wines and mountain vineyards in 1979 when I frst 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.<br/><br/> The Bradford Mountain Zinfandel comes from a 30+year-old block planted in the early 1970s. With the exception of a few old Carignane 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).<br/><br/> 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.<br/><br/> About The Vineyard: <strong>Bradford Mountain Vineyard</strong> - Planted in the 1980s on the western edge of Dry Creek Valley, our Bradford Mountain Estate Vineyard is 32 acres on the very top of the mountain (elevation 1000 feet). We took great pains to fnd the proper varietals and clones to plant in the mineral-rich mountain soil. The well-drained, red-clay soil, combined with sunny days and cool nights, produces small, intensely favored Cabernet grapes with a higher acidity and a lower pH than valley fruit. These grapes are picked at a higher brix (sugar level) to achieve the perfect balance for exceptional wines.<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 email@example.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% Zinfandel<br/><br/> <strong>Appellation:</strong> Bradford Mountain Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County<br/><br/> <strong>Harvest Date:</strong> September 26, 2005<br/><br/> <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 14.8%<br/><br/> <strong>pH:</strong> 3.50<br/><br/> <strong>TA:</strong> 0.65g/100ml<br/><br/> <strong>Barrel Aging:</strong> 21 months<br/><br/> <strong>Type of Oak:</strong> 20% new French oak barrels, 20% new Hungarian oak barrels, 60% 3-5 year-old French oak barrels<br/><br/> <strong>Bottling Date:</strong> July 20, 2007 (unfned unfltered)<br/><br/> <strong>Production:</strong> 410 cases/15 cases (1.5L Magnums)<br/><br/> <strong>Release Date:</strong> December 2008<br/><br/>
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