Wine Last Sold on: March 18, 2013
|Region:||California: Dry Creek Valley (Sonoma)|
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Mission Codename: Revenge of the Burly Brawler
- Agent Red
- Return to Operative favorite, Peterson Winery and acquire an allocation of the latest vintage of their highly coveted Shinbone, a stunningly delicious blend of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon
- Mission Status
- Jamie Peterson
What a coup, dear Operative! Today we are very pleased to bring you another delightful vintage of what has become of of our all-time favorite red blends - from one of our very favorite small-production wineries.
Today’s 2010 Peterson Family Winery Shinbone is a juicy, delicious, complex red blend that brought smiles to the faces of all on our tasting panel. We were unanimous in our love for this delightful wine and we offer our fullest recommendation. Bold, dark fruits cascade across the front of the palate, delivering flavors that spread to the far corners of the mouth.
Because we only showcase wines that we love - and because we have been rejecting more and more of our wines - we know that choosing from among our offerings can be a difficult thing to do. We simply recommend that you read our tasting profiles with care, to see if a wine really speaks to you. If you love red blends, well, this review may just be shouting.
This wine embodies the best qualities of Shiraz, with the elegant backbone of a classic Cabernet. In short, there is something for everyone in this wonderful, delicious red blend.
Very pretty and very dark with luminescent maroon hues through a slightly darker core.
Dusty and lush with a bold rush of blackberry, black cherry and cassis. As the wine breathers, it revelas follow-on aromas of saddle leather, subtle tobacco and dark dried violet petals.
Dark plum, black cherry, blackberry and cherry juice rush across the palate. As the wine opens, flavors of dark leather, dried rose petals, oregano, and dark dried tree bark follow on.
Dark and long-lingering with juicy dark fruit that slowly yields to a velvety, cedar-wrapped nuttiness that adds complexity and intrigue at the tail end.
Enjoy this dark and juicy wine with duck breast on the BBW, with a cherry reduction sauce. An assortment of exotic grilled cheese sandwiches would also be quite excellent.
What the Winery Says
Jamie’s (Peterson) Vintaged View
Our Shiraz/Cab blend fits into the “burly not girly” wine category, and is our way of paying homage to our brethren down-under who produce some equally wonderful blends. When we first made the Syrah from the Olson Vineyard in Dry Creek Valley, the wine reminded us of the more opulent, fruit-forward Australian style. I started calling the wine in barrels Shiraz to differentiate from our Bradford Mountain Syrah. Later, when tasting through the lots, we thought, “What would complement and give a little more backbone to the base wine?” Both my father (Fred) and I had spent time with winemakers from Australia, and had tried some of the wonderful things they could accomplish by combining soft Shiraz with structured Cabernet Sauvignon, thus providing the inspiration for this “new classic” blend. The resulting wine follows the BBQ friendly Shinbone style, with added complexity not always found in the wines from Down Under.
Seeking something dark and captivating? You know we’re talking about wine, don’t you? If so, check out our ’10 Shinbone. Dark intense aromatics of plum, espresso, tobacco and a hint of herbs de Provence wrap around layers of smoky oak. Well balanced with a velvety roughness, the ’10 Shinbone flavors echo the qualities found in the nose, and more. Ripe dark cherry mingles with hints of cedar, eucalyptus and an interesting mineral essence. Toasty oak remains in the background until the finish where it lingers on with just a touch of anise. This mysterious beauty pairs perfectly with slow-smoked brisket or your favorite moussaka recipe.
Varietal / Vineyard Breakdown: 60% Shiraz - Olson Vineyard Oct. 20 40% Cabernet Sauvignon - Bradford Mtn Est.
Appellation: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County
Barrel Aging: 21 months
Types of Oak: 20% new American oak barrels, 20% new Hungarian oak barrels, 60% 4-8 year-old American oak barrels
Production: 440 cases
Release Date: January 2013
About the Winery
We are located in the Dry Creek Valley, in the northwest region of Sonoma County. Peterson Winery’s new tasting room is now open for wine tasting and sales daily 11am-4:30pm. We often pour our wines at local tasting and charity events as well. Check for upcoming events on the News & Events page.
Our wines are also available for tasting at the “LOCALS” tasting room in Geyserville. See tastelocalwines.com for directions and details. Click on the “Find Us” link for a map to the winery and to LOCALS in Geyserville.
If you have any questions about Peterson Winery or our wines, send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll respond as soon as we can.
We can’t tell our whole story here, but we hope that by looking at a few photos and reading a bit more about us, you’ll find out who we are and why we love to make great wines.
About The Winemaker:
Jamie Peterson – It’s not by coincidence that I’m the winemaker at Peterson Winery. I’ve been helping my father at the winery for the past ten years, back to the days of labeling the bottles by hand. I worked two harvests here at the winery, in 2000 and 2001, and 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 in June 2002, and have 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 just my father and I, 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 the numerous tasting events we attend, whether it is for charity or for the love of wine. In my free time, I’ve started a Peterson Winery softball team with my friends here in Healdsburg. I also enjoy cooking, foraging for local culinary mushrooms, reading, and am a Giants baseball fan. Continuing winemaking tradition of Zero Manipulation.