A few months back we had a great trip through Dry Creek Valley and stopped at some great wineries and tasting rooms. I had never been to the “Family Vineyards” tasting rooms just off of Dry Creek Road near Lambert Bridge. There are three or four winery tasting rooms and an olive oil company tasting room. Our group all split up and we headed out to opposite corners, we decided to visit Peterson Winery’s room. I must say, I am so happy that we did. We left there with a six pack of wines, three of which were this Sangiovese.
Here it is, 2007 Peterson Winery, Sangiovese, Dry Creek Valley.
The Nose: Herbaceous and spicy, smoky meat like game, perhaps wild boar, dark plums and date, musk and sage.
The Taste: Big and complex, waves of spice and fruit scream “Old World Tuscan Countryside,” herbs and dark berry coupled with sandalwood and smoked wild boar roast (Cinghiale Anyone?)
The Mouth Feel: Solid tannins grab the front palate and take a slow journey through the mid, pit-stop at the cheek and meander through a terrific finish
The Color: Deep and dark, this is no Chianti, this is Barolo or Montepulciano, heavy blood red, thick and massive.
The Nitty Gritty:
Varietal: 100% Sangiovese
Appellation: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County
Barrel Aging: 23 months
Type of Oak: 20% 2-year-old Hungarian oak,
80% 4-8-year-old neutral oak barrels
Bottled unfined and unfiltered
175 Cases Produced
$20 Retail at the winery, currently limited to wine club, with 6 bottle limit
Notes provided from Peterson Website http://www.petersonwinery.com/pdfs/Sangiovese%20DCV%202007%20FINAL.pdf
The Verdict: It has been a very long time since a wine has had this kind of effect on me. This wine brings me back to the Tuscan countryside like no other Sangiovese I’ve ever had. If you ever take my advice or recommendations, buy this wine. 93 Pts / A
I paired up this wonderful wine with some 5 year aged parmesan a wonderful salty match for this big complex wine, enjoy!