Peters Family Winery
2009 Sonoma Mountain Cabernet
Live and Let Doug
How lucky are you, today, dear Operative!
Once again, we have managed to get our clever palates on a wine, long before it becomes available to the public at large. We’ve enjoyed our close relationship with Doug Peters these past six years and we are honored that he grants us early access to some of his wines.
Today’s 2009 Peters Family Winery Sonoma Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is a terrifically delicious wine that our tasting panel was absolutely thrilled with. We all agreed that this wine easily rivals the best that Napa has to offer. We also agreed that we would be stocking our own cellars.
Drinking beautifully now, this very highly recommended wine will only continue to improve over the next few years, so be sure to pick up enough to lay a few bottles down. At better than 40% off, it is hard to resist.
Pair this very food-friendly wine with a gourmet multi-cheese grilled cheese sandwich or a pork loin in a cherry reduction with fresh bing cherries.
Deep maroon hues with a lively, glinting crimson edge. Tall, skinny tears fall swiftly down the glass wall after a hearty swirl.
Dense and dark with lush layers of dark fruit and savory notes. This wine leads with blackberry and black cherry, tobacco, gigar box, black tea, and a hint of chocolate-covered cherry cordial candy. After swirling, traces of brown sugar, toasty oak and celery tops make an intriguing appearance.
Dark and richly layered with blackberry, black cherry, acai berry, pomegranate, dried cranberry and stewed plum. After the wine opens up, flavors of dark dried violets and soft oak emerge.
A very clean finish with bright red fruit that persists longer than other flavors. Gradually drying, this wine shows elegant tannins with dried violets and black tea leaf.
What the Winery Says
Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon – Murray Farm Vineyard (79%) Merlot- Richard Dinner Vineyard (21%) Production: 301 cases
TA: 0.76 g/100ml
At harvest during late October, the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot lots from each vineyard were separately hand-picked, hand-sorted, and gently crushed and de-stemmed and moved directly to fermentation tanks without use of any pumps. The Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot lots were separately fermented with Bordeaux yeast strains. After extended maceration, 100 % free-run wine only was moved to French oak barrels from the forests of Alliers and Troncais. After extended barrel aging for 35 months, the final blend was bottled 100% unfined and unfiltered.
On the nose the wine shows lovely, perfumed aromas of cassis, vanilla, licorice, and cedar. On the palate, the wine is bursting with a myriad of delicious, lush mountain berry flavors-blackberry, black cherry, blueberry, raspberry, vanilla, and licorice notes, are followed by chocolate, mint, coffee and spice notes on the finish. The concentrated fruit is wonderfully balanced by rich, velvety tannins throughout the lengthy finish. The PFW 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is thrilling and approachable now at release, and should evolve beautifully with careful cellaring over the course of the decade.
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 the utmost care, at our winery located in Sebastopol, California, in the heart of Sonoma. Our continuing goal is to spare no effort to produce truly great wines. Cheers!