Zinfandel 2012, Bernier Zinyard
Although the Zinfandel vines were planted in 1990, the Bernier Zinyard makes old-time growers feel they are walking into the past when they stroll among the vines. It is a traditional dry-farmed, head-trained (non-trellised) vineyard with Italo Sbragio’s old clone Zin grafted on to St. George rootstock. That combination embodies the very roots of Dry Creek Valley viticulture and reflects Peterson Winery’s values of savoring and embracing time-honored traditions. Seductive aromatics of ripe plum and creamy coffee are woven with cinnamon, nutmeg and a host of fresh baking spices. The flavors reflect the qualities found on the nose, with opulent layers and a wonderful complexity. Bright plum and wild berries merge with rich mocha, black raspberry, dark cherry cola and a touch of strawberry jam.