Peterson Winery Vineyards
Peterson’s Vignobles is a Petite Sirah lover’s Petite Sirah. This wine, across the range of producers, can be all over the park and some are bland while others are stellar. The 2008 Peterson Vignobles is great even by Peterson’s standards. I ordered more as soon as I tasted the first one and if y’all (yes, I was raised in the accursed
South) don’t buy it all before the next Club shipment in January I’m going to order more. This vintage is a keeper – it will taste great now and hold its own for years. I’m curious about the flavors it will develop over time so I marked each bottle in the cellar with the date I should drink it. Yah, a little anal, but I have learned a lot this way – what will age and improve and what will not.
Now, last and not least, Peterson’s Il Granaio – the Barn. I currently have the ’05, ’06, and ’08 vintages in my cellar. This is one I’ve been buying for years and it keeps getting better as Peterson experiments with and varies the blend. This used to be a Sangiovese and Cab/Merlot blend but they switched to Sangiovese and Rhone varietal blending in 2008. Both are Killer. The ’08 was a bit abrupt at first but has improved with bottle age already. The Rhone varietals in the blend should make it more approachable early, I suppose, but I’m ‘reserving’ (eww, bad pun) judgement until I’ve cellared it a while longer.