Shinbone Shiraz/Cab Blend 2008

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About This Wine: Lovely fruit aromas of strawberry, mixed dark berries and plum join with hints of toasty oak, anise and earth notes. The creamy core holds rich vanilla and plum favors wrapped with threads of smoked meat, licorice and tar. Nicely balanced with a smooth texture and easy to sip, this unique blend pairs well with your favorite everyday meals—grilled steaks, mac cheese, pizza, burgers and more.<br/><br/> <strong>Jamie’s (Peterson) Vintaged View:</strong> Our Shiraz/Cab blend fits into the “burly not girly” wine category, and is our way of paying homage to our brethren down-under who produce some equally wonderful blends.<br/><br/> When we first made the Syrah from the Olson Vineyard in Dry Creek Valley, the wine reminded us of the more opulent, fruit-forward Australian style. I started calling the wine in barrels Shiraz to differentiate from our Bradford <br/>Mountain Syrah.<br/><br/> Later, when tasting through the lots, we thought, “what would complement and give a little more backbone to the base wine?” Both my father (Fred) and I had spent time with winemakers from Australia, and had tried some of the wonderful things they could accomplish by combining soft Shiraz with structured Cabernet Sauvignon, thus providing the inspiration for this “new classic” blend.<br/><br/> In 2008, we decided to juice up the blend further with the addition of spicy old-vine Carignane and rich Petite Sirah.<br/><br/> The resulting wine follows the BBQ friendly Shinbone style, with added complexity not always found in the wines from Down Under.<br/><br/> <strong>Primary Vineyards:</strong> <em>Olson Vineyard</em> - The Olson Vineyard is located just outside of Healdsburg in the southeast corner of the Dry Creek Valley. This Syrah (aka Shiraz) vineyard, adjacent to Dave Aggie Olson’s house, borders Dry Creek in deep but gravelly soil. The vines are trained to a quadrilateral cordon system, which opens them up for perfect light and air exposure, producing grapes with classic, full-favored Australian-style Shiraz characteristics.<br/><br/> <strong>Enos Vineyard:</strong> Nestled in the Southwestern hills of Dry Creek Valley lies this five-acre vineyard. 60% of the block was planted in 1972 on St. George rootstock, and the other section was planted in 2001 on 110R rootstock. Managed in 2007 by longtime Dry Creek Valley grapegrower Ray Teldeschi, and farmed to standards set by us and vineyard owner Jason Enos, this vineyard produces a small crop of intensely flavored and balanced Cabernet Sauvignon grapes for which the western hills of Dry Creek Valley are renowned.<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> 50% Shiraz - Olson Vineyard Sept. 30, 2008; 20% Cabernet Sauvignon - Collier Falls Vnyd Sept. 18, 2008; 20% Carignane, Forchini Vineyard Sept. 6, 2008; 10% Petite Sirah, West Vineyard Sept. 17, 2008<br/><br/> <strong>Appellation:</strong> Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, CA<br/><br/> <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 14.5%<br/><br/> <strong>pH:</strong> 3.69<br/><br/> <strong>TA:</strong> 0.611/100ml<br/><br/> <strong>Barrel Aging:</strong> 21 months<br/><br/> <strong>Types of Oak:</strong> 20% new Hungarian oak barrels, 10% new American oak barrels, 70% 2-5 year old French and Hungarian oak barrels.<br/><br/> <strong>Bottling Date:</strong> July 8, 2010 (unfined unfiltered)<br/><br/> <strong>Production:</strong> 250 cases<br/><br/> <strong>Release Date:</strong> January 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
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About This Wine: Lovely fruit aromas of strawberry, mixed dark berries and plum join with hints of toasty oak, anise and earth notes. The creamy core holds rich vanilla and plum favors wrapped with threads of smoked meat, licorice and tar. Nicely balanced with a smooth texture and easy to sip, this unique blend pairs well with your favorite everyday meals—grilled steaks, mac cheese, pizza, burgers and more.<br/><br/> <strong>Jamie’s (Peterson) Vintaged View:</strong> Our Shiraz/Cab blend fits into the “burly not girly” wine category, and is our way of paying homage to our brethren down-under who produce some equally wonderful blends.<br/><br/> When we first made the Syrah from the Olson Vineyard in Dry Creek Valley, the wine reminded us of the more opulent, fruit-forward Australian style. I started calling the wine in barrels Shiraz to differentiate from our Bradford <br/>Mountain Syrah.<br/><br/> Later, when tasting through the lots, we thought, “what would complement and give a little more backbone to the base wine?” Both my father (Fred) and I had spent time with winemakers from Australia, and had tried some of the wonderful things they could accomplish by combining soft Shiraz with structured Cabernet Sauvignon, thus providing the inspiration for this “new classic” blend.<br/><br/> In 2008, we decided to juice up the blend further with the addition of spicy old-vine Carignane and rich Petite Sirah.<br/><br/> The resulting wine follows the BBQ friendly Shinbone style, with added complexity not always found in the wines from Down Under.<br/><br/> <strong>Primary Vineyards:</strong> <em>Olson Vineyard</em> - The Olson Vineyard is located just outside of Healdsburg in the southeast corner of the Dry Creek Valley. This Syrah (aka Shiraz) vineyard, adjacent to Dave Aggie Olson’s house, borders Dry Creek in deep but gravelly soil. The vines are trained to a quadrilateral cordon system, which opens them up for perfect light and air exposure, producing grapes with classic, full-favored Australian-style Shiraz characteristics.<br/><br/> <strong>Enos Vineyard:</strong> Nestled in the Southwestern hills of Dry Creek Valley lies this five-acre vineyard. 60% of the block was planted in 1972 on St. George rootstock, and the other section was planted in 2001 on 110R rootstock. Managed in 2007 by longtime Dry Creek Valley grapegrower Ray Teldeschi, and farmed to standards set by us and vineyard owner Jason Enos, this vineyard produces a small crop of intensely flavored and balanced Cabernet Sauvignon grapes for which the western hills of Dry Creek Valley are renowned.<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> 50% Shiraz - Olson Vineyard Sept. 30, 2008; 20% Cabernet Sauvignon - Collier Falls Vnyd Sept. 18, 2008; 20% Carignane, Forchini Vineyard Sept. 6, 2008; 10% Petite Sirah, West Vineyard Sept. 17, 2008<br/><br/> <strong>Appellation:</strong> Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, CA<br/><br/> <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 14.5%<br/><br/> <strong>pH:</strong> 3.69<br/><br/> <strong>TA:</strong> 0.611/100ml<br/><br/> <strong>Barrel Aging:</strong> 21 months<br/><br/> <strong>Types of Oak:</strong> 20% new Hungarian oak barrels, 10% new American oak barrels, 70% 2-5 year old French and Hungarian oak barrels.<br/><br/> <strong>Bottling Date:</strong> July 8, 2010 (unfined unfiltered)<br/><br/> <strong>Production:</strong> 250 cases<br/><br/> <strong>Release Date:</strong> January 2011<br/><br/>

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