2010 Vignobles blend
California: Dry Creek Valley (Sonoma)
They just get it so right
Wow and wow! Today’s wine really took us by storm and we are offering it to you with our boldest recommendation. Please do not miss out on this rich, luscious and perfectly-balanced wine from our good friends at Peterson Winery.
Today’s Peterson 2010 Dry Creek Valley Vignobles red blend is a stunningly superb wine. It is incredibly well-balanced, with deep, dark fruit flavors that play beautifully against earthy bramble, tobacco and subtle sweet spice. On the nose, the wine is generous and full, encouraging deep inhalations before lifting glass to lips.
This wine is a unique blend of Petite Sirah (54%), Carignane (27%), Syrah (10%) and Zinfandel (9%). It is flavor-packed, elegant, aromatic and oh so delicious. And such a tremendous value.
In case you could not tell, we are completely smitten with this incredible contemporary American field blend from one of our very favorite producers. Please don’t miss out.
Dark magenta, with a slightly murky heart of dark garnet. After swirling the wine, it coats the glass with a viscous wall of magenta.
Concentrated and lush with earth and fruit presenting in wonderful juxtaposition with grilled plum, baked blackberry, smoky cherry, dark raspberry and wild strawberry.
As on the nose, dark flavors balance against earthen flavors. Blackberry, black currant, jammy raspberry and braised fig play beautifully with earthy dried fall leaves, subtle sweet wood, mild sweet spice and sweet tobacco leaf.
Perfectly balanced, with an exceedingly long, soft and elegant finish. Soft tannins provide an elegant structure.
This wine begs to be enjoyed with a three cheese mushroom ravioli with a Bolognese sauce.
What the Winery Says
Jamie Peterson’s Vintaged View
My father first produced Vignobles in the 1990’s as a way to showcase our Petite Sirah and other Rhone varietals in a savory blend that reflects the Dry Creek Valley terroir. And, as a side note, it was one of my favorite wines to sneak tastes of as a teenager.
By blending four varietals from numerous, distinctively different Dry Creek Valley vineyards, we are staying true to Fred’s vision of showcasing how our local terroir creates a unique palate profile. With this fourth vintage since the resurrection of the wine, we’ve built upon the dense and rich base of dry-farmed Petite Sirah from the Bernier Vineyard. Carignane from two vineyards gives high tone spice and brightness to the blend, while Zin from the Borkow and Funsten Vineyards, and Syrah from Olson Vineyard add layers of varied fruit and plushness. This mostly Rhone varietal blend creates layers of fruit, spices and herbs, along with complexity and balance—all hallmarks of wines from the Dry Creek Valley.
Not a subtle wine, but meant to show more finesse and refinement than some of our other blends, like Shinbone or Petite Sirah. We are glad to have Vignobles back in our cellar, and I no longer have to sneak tastes, but enjoy each sip all the same.
- Tasting Notes
- An array of aromas introduces this eclectic blend, with toasty oak, smoked meats and a red clay soil earthiness sharing space with ripe berries, dark skinned fruit and white pepper. The opulently smooth texture releases tightly woven bright flavors that linger on as you sip again and again. Beneath the loveliness is the perfect balance of integrated fine-grained vanillin oak and dark fruit—cherry, plum and mixed berries—wrapped in supple tannins. Traces of cocoa and eucalyptus appear, adding interest and even more depth. This elegant, refined wine deserves to be paired with a platter of equally delicious cheeses, Beef Wellington or Steak au Poivre.
- Varietal, Vineyard, and Harvest Dates
- 54% Petite Sirah Bernier Vineyard Sept. 28 27% Carignane 17% Bradford Mtn. Vnyd Oct. 8 10% Forchini Vineyard Sept. 25 10% Syrah Olson Vineyard Oct. 20 9% Zinfandel 5% Borkow Vineyard Sept. 29 4% Funsten Vineyard Sept. 27
- Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County
- Barrel Aging
- 21 months
- 40% new oak barrels—20% American, 10% French & 10% Hungarian; 60% 4-8 year-old mixed neutral oak barrels
- Bottling Date
- June 29, 2012 (unfined & unfiltered)
- 215 cases/750ml, 10 cases/1.5L Magnums
- Release Date
- April 2013
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.