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Peterson Winery Bradford Mountain Estate Vineyard Zinfandel 2016

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Peterson Winery Bradford Mountain Estate Vineyard Zinfandel 2016

  • Grapes Zinfandel 84%, Carignan 8%, Petite Sirah 8%
  • Country USA
  • Region California Sonoma County
  • Abv 15 %
  • Contains sulphites Yes
  • Organic No
  • Vegan Yes
  • Vegetarian Yes
  • Case size 6 / 75cl
  • Winemaker: Jamie Peterson
  • Closure Natural Cork
  • Mountain-grown Zinfandel, with tempting notes of opulent dark berries, spicy black pepper and a rich mineral essence, underpinned by beautifully integrated oak nuances through to a long, elegant finish.

The grapes are Estate Grown from the Bradford Mountain Estate vineyard. Overlooking the western edge of Dry Creek Valley, the vineyard spans six and a half hectares on the very top of the 385-metre peak that Fred cleared and planted in the 1980s. The well-drained, red-clay soil, combined with sunny days and cool nights, produces small, intensely flavoured grapes. This wine encapsulates all of the best qualities found in mountain grown Zinfandels from the Dry Creek Valley appellation: the poorer soils and cooler nights harness and preserve more of the bright acidity and freshness in the grapes. More sunlight hours at the higher elevation means thicker skinned fruit which translates as darker, richer fruit. The key characteristics of mountain grown Zinfandel is that it has a peppery quality and more intense black fruit characters. The vines are head-trained, spur pruned and dry farmed. They are cultivated sustainably, the only treatment used is sulphur dusting, and the fruit is hand-harvested.

Owner Fred Peterson is an iconoclast with an old-world winemaking philosophy and a devotion to sustainable farming. With decades of expertise, between 1985 to 1990, he was the Vineyard Manager of the legendary Ridge Vineyards. The Peterson approach is to capture the essence of vintage and vineyard, a philosophy they call ‘Zero Manipulation’, with low tech, yet high touch winemaking techniques to produce artisanal wines of a place: wines with soul. Based in the Dry Creek Valley in northern Sonoma County, Peterson Winery was established in 1987. Fred’s son Jamie became assistant winemaker in the summer of 2002 and by 2006, Jamie was given the overall responsibility of winemaker. As a team, Fred and Jamie meticulously assess the grapes
from each vineyard and vintage, evaluating how the weather, soil and site are interacting for the particular vintage. The duo pour their heart and soul into every bottle, producing beautifully balanced wines which truly reflect the time and the place. 

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