About This Wine: This traditional field-blend Zin offers up seductive aromas and flavors. Beneath the lush, spicy ...Read more...
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About This Wine: This traditional field-blend Zin offers up seductive aromas and flavors. Beneath the lush, spicy berry aroma is an alluring layer of mocha and vanillin oak. The finely honed balance and firm structure enhance the juicy, chewy flavors of bright fruit, spice, subtle black pepper and tarry oak notes. The richly textured mouthfeel holds a deep thread of spicy blackberry that spreads across the palate and lingers into the broad, opulent finish.<br/><br/> Enjoy this wine as a solo course, or paired with a wide range of dishes from Beef Wellington to pepperoni pizza. Or try it with a flourless chocolate torte or your favorite cheeses for dessert.<br/><br/> <strong>Fred's (Peterson) Vintaged View:</strong> This is the kind of wine that really got me hooked on Dry Creek Valley Zinfandels. A traditional, old-vine field-blend, this wine to me is the classic “raspberry jam” that differentiates the best Dry Creek Valley Zins from all others. Big, but balanced. Fruity, yet elegant. This is a wine that will go with almost any food, but you can also just pull the cork on a bottle and drink it with friends while playing cards or watching a good movie.<br/><br/> The old-vine West Vineyard Zinfandel in this wine was planted in the 1920s during Prohibition. It contains about 3% other red grapes (Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouschet, Carignane and some others I’m not really sure about) as well as 1% white grapes (Semillon, Palomino and Chasselas). All the vines are harvested at the same time and all the various varieties are cofermented, which produces a smoother, fuller wine than separate fermentations and subsequent blending can give you.<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. That combination embodies the very roots of Dry Creek Valley viticulture and reflects Peterson Winery’s values of savoring and embracing time-honored traditions.<br/><br/> Blending the West Bernier Zinfandel is our nod of respect for the time honored field-blend tradition.<br/>h3. About Peterson Winery:<br/><br/> 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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> 95% Zinfandel, 2% Petite Sirh, 2% mixed black, 1% mixed white (65% West Vineyard 35% Bermier 'Zinyard')<br/><br/> <strong>Appellation:</strong> Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County<br/><br/> <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 15.8%<br/><br/> <strong>pH:</strong> 3.45<br/><br/> <strong>TA:</strong> 0.68g/100ml<br/><br/> <strong>Barrel Aging:</strong> 18 months<br/><br/> <strong>Type of Oak:</strong> 18% new Hungarian oak barrels, 82% 2-5 year-old French oak barrels<br/><br/> <strong>Bottling Date:</strong> April 11, 2009<br/><br/> <strong>Production:</strong> 350 cases<br/><br/> <strong>Release Date:</strong> April 2010<br/><br/>
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