2019 Peterson 'Zero Manipulation' Red Wine, Tollini Vineyard, Mendocino, California (750ml)

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Owned by Zinfandel icon Fred Peterson, Peterson Winery has been making wines in Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley for over 30 years, using a “low-tech yet high-touch approach” they call "Zero Manipulation." In 2006, after moving from the tiny red barn on Lytton Springs to Timber Crest Farms, Fred’s son Jamie assumed winemaking responsibilities. As a team, Fred and Jamie assess the grapes from each vineyard as the growing season progresses, evaluating the weather, soil and site, the goal being to optimize the character and balance of the fruit. They celebrate the uniqueness of each vintage, and do not aim to homogenize their wines to obtain a consistent flavor profile for a given wine, a common practice in mass-produced wines.

In addition to the 14 varietals grown on their Bradford Mountain Estate Vineyard, Peterson Winery sources fruit from local farmer friends. The 2019 Zero Manipulation Tollini Vineyard Mendocino Red Table Wine is composed of 79% Carignan, 11% Petite Sirah, and 10% Syrah. ​ The traditional head trained, dry farmed Carignane blocks were planted by Alvin Tollini’s father and grandfather. The Syrah and Grenache were planted by Alvin with the same time-honored techniques and sustainable approach. All sit on southwest facing benches in the Redwood Valley.

These grapes were harvested on different dates in September and October. Each varietal was vinified separately, prior to blending. Aging was in used oak barrels for 22 months; bottled without fining or filtering.

Dense aromas of dark, brambly berries with cocoa and a hint of toasted coconut. ​ The palate is rich and juicy, with flavors of ripe blackberry, mulberry and plum laced with baking spices, milk chocolate and a touch eucalyptus on the finish. ​The perfect summer barbecue red, this tasty blend is priced to keep the party going!

400 cases produced.

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