Peters Family Winery

2006 'Sonoma Stage Vineyard' Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir •Sonoma Stage Vineyard

California: Sonoma County: Sonoma Coast

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Mission Codename: Exit Stage Left

Operative: Agent White

Objective: Return to Peters Family Winery’s to retrieve their delicious Sonoma Stage Vineyard Pinot Noir

Mission Status: Accomplished!

Current Winery: Peters Family Winery

Wine Subject: 2006 Sonoma Stage Vineyard Pinot Noir

Winemaker: Douglas Peters

Backgrounder: Our Operatives loved the last Peter’s Family Pinot Noir that we featured, that we kept the winery under close surveillance to acquire their very special single vineyard Sonoma Stage Vineyard Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir.

The Sonoma Coast AVA is the 750 square mile area with the Pacific ocean on its western boundary, the San Pablo Bay to the south and Mendocino County to the north, headed inland to the other designated AVAs in Sonoma County. The region is heavily influenced by the cooler ocean climate, increased rainfall and fog that lingers long on the coastal mountains. The specific climate suits the demanding Burgundian varietal of Pinot Noir very well.

Wine Spies Tasting Profile:

Look – Deep ruby red with a clear concentrated core. Along the edges the color lightens just slightly to reveal pinkish hues and when swirled fast evenly spaced medium thick legs are followed by slower tears that hang on the side of the glass.

Smell – Rich and complex with bright red fruit notes that layer perfectly with notes of earth, vanilla toast, exotic spice, and cola notes. Hints of floral rose petals and oak adds further depth.

Feel – Supple and smooth with a touch of spice that softens as this wine breathes. Medium to full-bodied with fine textured tannins and lively acidity grasps the fruit and other flavors long into the finish.

Taste – Great flavors of red cherry and raspberry along with other red fruit lead off are are immediately followed by vanilla toast and cola notes, smokey spice and earthy flavors and hints of tea, oak and cinnamon spice linger.

Finish – This wine finishes long and clean with its rich fruit, oaky toasted vanilla, earth and spice fading gently.

Conclusion – The 2006 Peters Family Winery Sonoma Stage Vineyard Pinot Noir is a delicious California Pinot that is very reminiscent of French Burgundies. Great fruit but supported by a solid but supple texture. Great complexity on the nose and palate but immensely approachable too. Enough acidity to pair with food, but perfect to just sip and enjoy on its own. Enjoy it now or for the next five plus years. Let this wine open up for a bit to reveal all its great aromas and flavors.

Mission Report:

SUBJECT: Douglas Peters

WINE EDUCATION: Stanford University, BA

CALIFORNIA WINE JOB BRIEF: Domaine Carneros, Trefethen Vineyards

WINEMAKING PHILOSOPHY: Make great wine!…by respecting and nurturing the natural processes at work in the vineyard and the winery.

WINEMAKER QUOTE: “Vino ipsa loquitor”



AGENT RED: Welcome back, Douglas. It is wonderful to continue to get to know you and your great wines. And, we are thrilled to be showing your 2006 Sonoma Stage Vineyard Pinot Noir today. Thanks so much for taking some time to answer questions for our Operatives today.

DOUG PETERS: You are welcome! I am happy to share this special pinot noir with your operatives.

RED: Was there a specific experience in your life that inspired your love of wine?

DOUG: Not a specific experience, but an accumulation of experiences tasting and sharing wines from around the world, which made me aware how wines, particularly great ones, can truly be a celebration of life and nature.

RED: What wine or winemaker has most influenced your winemaking style?

DOUG: I always admired Baron Mouton Rothschild, Robert Mondavi, and many others who came after…

RED: Please tell me a little bit about the wine we are featuring today.

DOUG: I love the 2006 Pinot Noir’s wonderful expression of classic pinot noir varietal character, and the terroir of the single vineyard site. The wine is a blend of the two clonal selections, Swan and Calera, planted in Sonoma Stage Vineyard. The grapes from each clone were separately hand-picked, fermented, and barrel aged for over two years before assemblage of the final blend. Due to the distinct differences between the clones, the grapes from each clone produce pinot noirs with distinctly different flavor and aroma profiles. As a result the final blend containing wines from both vineyard clones is very complex, yet beautifully balanced. It is lovely now in its youth, and I think it will evolve into an even more special wine in the cellar for many years to come.

RED: In your opinion, what makes the Sonoma Coast growing region so special?

DOUG: The Sonoma Coast appellation is ideally suited for pinot noir and chardonnay production, because of its proximity to the coast, and the beneficial effects of marine cooling, combined with ample sunny weather to achieve full ripeness. However, the Sonoma Coast appellation is very large, with numerous micro-climates, so it is important to note that the grapes for the PFW 2006 Pinot Noir are grown in the Petaluma Gap sub-appellation of the Sonoma Coast appellation. Located at the eastern edge of the Sonoma Coast appellation bordering Napa, the Petaluma Gap shares some of the best attributes of the neighboring Russian River and Carneros appellations as well as characteristics of the larger Sonoma Coast appellation..

RED: How would you recommend people approach your wines and wine in general?

DOUG: With an empty glass!…and an open mind.

RED: Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?

DOUG: Cheers!

RED: Well said… Thank you so much for your time. We learned a lot about you – and your wine. Keep up the great work, we are big fans!

Wine Spies Vineyard Check:

The approximate location of the Peters Fanmily Winery can be seen in this satellite photo.

What the Winery Says

Awards & Accolades:

90 PointsWine Enthusiast – Delicious flavors of cola, cherries, raspberries, rose tea, orange peel, vanilla and smoky sandalwood merge in this single-vineyard Pinot Noir, and it’s nicely dry, with a silky-smooth texture. Give it a good decant before serving, as it gets better as it breathes. – S.H. (2/1/2010)

About This Wine:

The PFW 2006 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma Stage Vineyard showcases classic Pinot Noir varietal flavors, which reflect their Sonoma Coast single vineyard Terroir, and hand-crafted Burgundian vinification. On the nose the 2006 shows intense, perfumed aromas of black currants, cassis, cinnamon, cola, and rose petals. On the palate dry cherry, red currant, mocha, and vanilla notes are followed by anise, lavender, orange peel, and sandalwood notes on the finish. This lovely pinot noir possesses great fruit concentration, refined tannins, and ample acidity, all beautifully balanced to retain its wonderful silky and supple texture throughout the long finish. A total of 228 cases were bottled 100% unfined and unfiltered, after extended barrel aging for 28 months in French oak barrels.

About The Winery:

Peters Family Winery is dedicated to producing compelling, extraordinary wines which reflect their single vineyard terroir and meticulous vinification. Our partnerships with world-class vineyards, and our commitment to intensive hand-crafted production, have produced wines which showcase great flavors, exceptional complexity, and superb balance. All of our wine operations are conducted with great care at our winery, located in the town of Sebastopol, Califonia, in the heart of Sonoma county. Our continuing goal is to spare no effort to produce truly great wines. Cheers!

Technical Analysis:

Vintage: 2006

Appellation: Sonoma Coast

Vineyards: Sonoma Stage Vineyard

Case Production: 228

Release Date: December 2009

Retail Price: 47.00

Alcohol: 14.4%

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