Peterson Zinfandel Tradizionale Zinfandel Sonoma 2004

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Technical Data: Composition: 97% Zinfandel, 3% Field blend of mixed red (2.5%) and white (0.5%) grapes Appellation: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County Harvest Dates: September 6, 2004 Alcohol: 15.6% pH: 3.63 TA: 0.63g/100ml Barrel Aging: 13 months Type of Oak: 25% new Hungarian oak barrels, 75% 1-4 year old French oak barrels Bottling Date: November 10, 2005 Production: 375 cases Release Date: January 2007 Tasting Notes: Our 2004 Tradizionale captures the beauty of an old-vine field-blend and the essence of the Dry Creek Valley terroir. Ripe berry and black pepper aromas and flavors are only the beginning of the cascade of taste sensations. Bright and lively flavors dance across the palate revealing delicious ripe raspberry, plum and blackberry. Black pepper and oak notes initially provide the backdrop. The fruit and spice flavors bond mid-palate to create a spicy yet silky-smooth finish. Vineyard: West Vineyard is an 80-year-old dry-farmed, head-trained Zinfandel vineyard located on a hillside in the southeast corner of Dry Creek Valley. A traditional fi eld-blend vineyard; a small portion is planted with mixed black varieties such as Petite Sirah, Carignane and Mataro, along with a few white grape varieties. Fred's Vintaged View: This is the kind of wine that really got me hooked on Zinfandel. 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. 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 co-fermented, which produces a smoother, fuller wine than separate fermentations and subsequent blending can give you.

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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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Member Reviews for Peterson Zinfandel Tradizionale Zinfandel Sonoma

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Snooth User: magpie
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07/22/2008

Wonderful wine froma wonderful winery. Great fruit but no bomb, great restraint and balance shown.



Technical Data: Composition: 97% Zinfandel, 3% Field blend of mixed red (2.5%) and white (0.5%) grapes Appellation: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County Harvest Dates: September 6, 2004 Alcohol: 15.6% pH: 3.63 TA: 0.63g/100ml Barrel Aging: 13 months Type of Oak: 25% new Hungarian oak barrels, 75% 1-4 year old French oak barrels Bottling Date: November 10, 2005 Production: 375 cases Release Date: January 2007 Tasting Notes: Our 2004 Tradizionale captures the beauty of an old-vine field-blend and the essence of the Dry Creek Valley terroir. Ripe berry and black pepper aromas and flavors are only the beginning of the cascade of taste sensations. Bright and lively flavors dance across the palate revealing delicious ripe raspberry, plum and blackberry. Black pepper and oak notes initially provide the backdrop. The fruit and spice flavors bond mid-palate to create a spicy yet silky-smooth finish. Vineyard: West Vineyard is an 80-year-old dry-farmed, head-trained Zinfandel vineyard located on a hillside in the southeast corner of Dry Creek Valley. A traditional fi eld-blend vineyard; a small portion is planted with mixed black varieties such as Petite Sirah, Carignane and Mataro, along with a few white grape varieties. Fred's Vintaged View: This is the kind of wine that really got me hooked on Zinfandel. 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. 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 co-fermented, which produces a smoother, fuller wine than separate fermentations and subsequent blending can give you.

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