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Wines & Vines

The pursuit of fine wine requires an understanding of the vineyards from which grapes are sourced, a respect for the hand that nature deals us each vintage, and an understanding of how best to highlight natural terroir through minimal handling and other fermentation techniques in the cellar. At Peter Paul, we bring in California Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the Pacific-cooled Russian River Valley. We also harvest Cabernet Sauvignon in California's eponymous Napa Valley. And we make a very small amount of Oregon Pinot Noir as well.

Each vineyard source has its own distinct character that requires special attention in the field as well as in the cellar. We barrel ferment our Chardonnay to best integrate plush fruit with toasty oak. Pinot Noir is punched down in open-top tanks by hand in a traditional Burgundian manner. Our Cabernet is gently crushed and then pumped over to maintain a firm, yet elegant, tannin structure. Barrel aging for all our wines occurs exclusively in French oak.

However, the goal is not to mask in wood what the vineyard produces in flavor. Winemakers, Daniel Moore and Jeff Morgan, use time-honored methods in a modern tradition to bring each wine to fruition at its own speed. The resulting wines show elegant structure, yet don't hold back on flavor. Ultimately, the results can best be appreciated in your glass.

Ratings & Reviews

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar 90 points

Musky aromas of plum, mocha and truffle. Sweet, tactile and deep, with a smooth texture and good thickness and purity to the flavors of currant, plum, menthol and licorice.

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Mount Veeder

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar 90 points

Pure, high-pitched aromas of blackberry, cassis, violet, licorice and dark chocolate. Densely packed and youthfully tight, conveying a lightly medicinal, briary mountain fruit character and a solid rocky underpinning.

2011 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Trenton Road

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar 89 points

Briary dark raspberry, underbrush, Asian spices, menthol and woodsmoke on the nose and palate. Juicy, spicy and quite dry, with good density and texture and a slightly medicinal quality to its fruit.

2012 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Gravenstein Highway

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar 90 points

Aromas of dark raspberry, pomegranate, orange zest and rose petal. Richer, fatter and fruitier than the Trenton Road bottling, showing nicely concentrated flavors of red fruits, flowers and spices. Finishes energetic and shapely, with dusty tannins and good energy and length.

2012 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley Mill Station Road

Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar 92 points

The darkest on the nose of these 2012 pinots. Offering a crushed-fruit urgency to its aromas of blackberry, violet, blood orange and licorice lifted by sexy spicy high notes. Concentrated, savory and dry, delivering an attractive combination of dark fruits, spices and soil. Intensely flavored, sappy pinot, with soil-driven medicinal reserve and firm tannic spine. Finishes persistent and long.

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