This well-structured wine rides the stylistic line between richness and elegance. It has a smoky, toasty nose touched with just the right amount of enticing berry aroma. The core cherry, stone fruit and cola flavors are infused with a well-integrated measure of spiciness. Bright acidity gives this complex wine a backbone that delivers a satisfying black cherry finish.
Located a few miles west of Sebastopol not far from the Sonoma coast, Peters Vineyard is the backbone of our production. Planted with Pommard and 777 clones, Peters Vineyard produces the fruit for our first vineyard-designate wine. This former apple orchard is an ideal location for Pinot Noir, with cool ocean fog in the mornings and evenings and hot sunny days that bring the best flavor out of the grapes. We enjoy a close relationship with grower, Randy Peters, working together to produce this wonderful wine.
Papapietro Perry Winery
Papapietro Perry Winery has been making award-winning wines since 1998. Their wines show their commitment to a very hands-on and gentle approach to winemaking. Watching their grandfathers make wine growing up, Ben Papapietro and Bruce Perry's youthful fascination with the process evolved into a passion that remains today. Their shared passion and quest for the perfect Pinot keeps them challenged. Their business began as a hobby, for 25 years making wine in their garages in San Francisco. They are now producing 8000 cases of Pinot Noir and Zinfandel from the Russian River, Anderson and Dry Creek Valleys.
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Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about half as much wine as its northeasterly neighbor. Because of its vast size, however, Sonoma is able to achieve far more diversity within its borders, which include sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid-back and down-to-earth, but the wines are serious and well-made, ranging in style from subtle and elegant to rich and powerful. Grape varieties are more varied here, from Pinot Noir and Zinfandel to Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
The largest sub-AVAs of Sonoma include Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and Sonoma Valley. Each sub-AVA, with its own micro-climate, is unique in its grape varieties and styles of wine. Dry Creek makes a mean Zinfandel while Russian River produces stand up Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Alexander Valley makes some of the better Cabernet Sauvignons in the county and Sonoma Valley creates excellent wines from all the above varieties. Other grapes found throughout Sonoma include Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah.
It's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.