2009 Bradford Mountain Dry Creek Valley Syrah
Syrah •Bradford Mountain
Dry Creek Valley
Falling in love. Again and again.
Today’s 2009 Peterson Winery Bradford Mountain Dry Creek Valley Syrah is another fantastic offering from one of Agent Red’s favorite wineries, Peterson Winery in California’s beautiful Dry Creek Valley.
Grower Fred Peterson has been growing grapes and making Peterson wines in California for the last quarter century. Fred’s son, Jamie, literally grew up in the winery, shadowing his father and learning the craft from a very young age. Fred, who now focuses on growing, has handed the winemaking over to Jamie who, for the last several vintages, has been crafting one remarkable and delicious Peterson wine after another.
Peterson’s latest Syrah offering is a deep, dark and luscious wine that presents juicy mouthfuls of flavor and heady aromatics - all in a wine that is beautifully balanced and velvet-smooth on the palate.
Syrah fans (and fans of the fabled Bradford Mountain) will take great delight in today’s very highly recommended Peterson Syrah.
Ultra dark and inky with a foreboding and dark crimson core.
Dark and richly layered, with deep aromatics. Bold dark fruit of blackberry, smoky cherry, grilled fig, grilled plum and subtle sweet spice.
Very elegant and smooth on the palate, with flavors of blackberry, black cherry, boysenberry, black currant and braised mission fig. As the wine breathes, it reveals flavors of subtle leather, soft black pepper and subtle dark tobacco leaf.
Ultra long and gradually drying with dark fruit slowly giving way to delightful earthen elements.
Enjoy this wine with a garlic and black pepper rubbed anything! We’ll enjoy ours with a hearty t-bone steak.
What the Winery Says
This terroir-driven Syrah showcases our Bradford Mountain Estate Vineyard and the grapes from the 2009 vintage. The mountain terroir is revealed in the rich earthy aromas and the mineral essence that weaves through the palate. The medium body and restrained yet elegant mouthfeel reflects the ’09 vintage.
A classic Syrah, this refined beauty offers juicy blue and black fruit mingled with toasty oak and a touch of eucalyptus and leather. Dark chocolate and mocha along with intense blackberry and cherry finish the wine. Integrated oak, firm acidity and softening tannins lend balance and structure.
- Jamie Peterson
- 92% Syrah, 7% Viognier, 1% Petite Sirah
- Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County
- Barrel Aging
- 21 Months
- 100% French Oak Barrels
About the Winery
Peterson Winery is located on Dry Creek Road just north of Healdsburg, in the famous Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma County, California. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the geography of Northern California, Healdsburg and the Dry Creek Valley are about 75 miles north of San Francisco, and 15 miles from the Pacific Ocean coastline.
Peterson Winery grew out of the vineyards that now supply it with grapes. That may seem unusual, but our background is not just in winemaking, but also in grape growing, or viticulture. For us, making great wine is about the grapes – where and how they were grown, what the weather conditions were, and how the vineyards were managed during the growing season.
Winemaker Jamie Peterson
I’ve been helping my father at the winery since I was 12, back to the days of labeling each bottle by hand (watch out for those mid-1990’s crooked labels…). I actually grew up in the vineyards and cellar. I worked two harvests here at the winery in 2000 and 2001, 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 at Peterson Winery in June 2002, and I’ve been loving it ever since.
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 a pretty small staff here 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 of the numerous tasting events we attend, whether it is for charity or for the love of wine.
My winemaking philosophy follows that of my father- great wine is about place, and time/vintage, not about how much the winemaker can change a wine to suit a certain style. I continue a low tech/high touch approach here, with the only major changes from the methods of my father being sanitation practices (use of steam cleaning for water conservation, etc.) and an adoption of a “gravity-flow” handling of the fruit.
The grapes for Peterson wines are grown in small, traditionally farmed vineyards, primarily in the Dry Creek Valley. Though each vintage varies from year to year due to weather factors, the vineyard locations remain the same. And since all Peterson wines originate from the same small plantings, there is a true consistency of place that is reflected in our wines.
Making great wines is all about balance.
It starts in the vineyards, where we try to achieve a balance from bud break in the spring until the grapes are picked in the fall. Balancing the canopy, the crop load, the sun exposure, the hang time, and the hundred other details involved in managing a vineyard are what need to be considered to achieve balance.
Once the grapes are picked, it is then the winemaker’s responsibility to continue the balancing act in the cellar. All the variables that Mother Nature gave us during the growing season need to be considered because they affect the grapes and the approach to winemaking for that vintage. If you keep a good handle on the growing conditions of the season, you have fewer preconceived notions of what the wine should taste like because you’ve already been dealing with all the realities of that vintage.
At Peterson Winery we practice the philosophy of Zero Manipulation.
Our definition of Zero Manipulation is using the gentlest winemaking techniques possible to maximize flavors, aromatics and the original essence of the wine. The less you do in the course of a wine’s tenure in the cellar, the more of the grape’s and vineyard’s essence you’ll have to bottle.