Peters Family Winery
2009 Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir •Sonoma Stage Vineyard
California: Sonoma County: Sonoma Coast
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Mission Codename: Setting the Stage
Operative: Agent Red
Objective: Return to Peters Family Winery’s to retrieve the newest vintage of Doug Peters’ delicious Sonoma Stage Vineyard Pinot Noir
Mission Status: Accomplished!
Current Winery: Peters Family Winery
Wine Subject: 2009 Sonoma Stage Vineyard Pinot Noir
Winemaker: Douglas Peters
Backgrounder: We have now had the pleasure to show four successive vintages of today’s wine. Each year, this wine expresses something different and unique about its vintage, making this wine an excellent study in the consistency of terroir and vineyard over the variability of each growing season.
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 – With a gorgeous heart of pure ruby, perfect clarity and a lovely ring of pink that runs around the glass, this is one pretty wine. Swirl it well and marvel, as wave after wave of slow moving legs move slowly down the glass wall.
Smell – Sweet, spiced cherry candy and lush fresh strawberry jump from the glass. These are followed by cherry cola, dark bramble, sweet cigar box, toasty vanilla and a hint of pencil shavings.
Feel – Soft, round and tender on intial entry. Then, as the wine crosses the mid-palate, it settles there, taking on a very plush, medium to full-bodied feel. Bright acids and plush, integrated tannins frame the fruit.
Taste – Sweet black cherry and tart Rainier cherry out in front, followed by wild strawberry, red currant, black tea leaf, sweet cedar and bramble bush. After the wine breathes for a spell, sweet brown spice, dried cranberry and a hint of graphite round out the palate.
Finish – Juicy and long, with clean, sweet fruit slowly yielding to earthy spice and woody elements.
Conclusion – This is the fifth consecutive vintage that we have had the distinct pleasure to sample. This is intriguing and we hope that you were able to enjoy this experience alongside us. While the vineyard (and its terroir) and the winemaker are the same, there are distinct differences year to year. Attribute this to changes in weather year over year, but also to the skill of Douglas Peters, winemaker of this delicious 2008 Peters Family Winery Sonoma Stage Vineyard Pinot Noir. This wine was delicious right out of the bottle, but after 30 minutes of decanting it really came to life. Loaded with juicy fruit and balanced against delightfully earthy components, this wine offers approachability and complexity – without being too funky. Instead, this juicy wine delivers balance and intrigue in a flexible, palate-cleansing package that works beautifully with nearly any meal. Highly recommended!
WINEMAKER INTEL BRIEFING DOSSIER
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”
FIRST COMMERCIAL WINE RELEASE: 2003
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 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 this 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 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?
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 Family Winery can be seen in this satellite photo.
What the Winery Says
About This Wine:
Our 2009 PFW Pinot Noir from Sonoma Stage Vineyard balances classic pinot noir varietal flavors with a combination of elegance, complexity, and power. On the nose, the 2009 Pinot Noir has lovely perfumed aromas of black cherry, black currants, brown sugar, and cinnamon. On the palate delicious, hedonistic blackberry, raspberry, pomegranate, licorice, vanilla and cinnamon notes are followed by cassis, leather, and sandalwood notes on the silky finish. The 2009 Pinot Noir’s sensational flavors and great balance make it wonderfully enjoyable at release, and also sure to reward cellaring.
Winemaking Notes: Sunny and warm, but not overly hot temperatures throughout the summer stimulated ripeness, but allowed the grapes to evenly ripen both flavors and sugars. Cool September temperatures allowed the grapes additional hang time to achieve optimal ripeness and complexity, at relatively moderate sugar levels. At harvest, on October 8, the Calera and Swan clones were separately hand-picked, hand-sorted, gently de-stemmed, and then separately fermented with Burgundy yeast strains. Frequent hand punch-downs, and extended maceration contribute to this pinot noirs’ lovely color, and complex, concentrated flavors. The Calera and Swan lots were separately barrel-aged, in a selection of new and 2 year old Alliers and Troncais French oak. The wines were left on their original free-run lees for 12-16 months before their first rack. After extended barrel aging for 30 months, the final blend was bottled 100% unfined and unfiltered to maximize flavor and complexity.
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!
Appellation: Sonoma Coast
Vineyards: Sonoma Stage Vineyard
TA: 0.71g / 100ml
Release Date: Summer 2012