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2012 Peterson Vineyard Pinot Noir Image
Wine Specs
Vintage
2012
Varietal
Pinot Noir
Appellation
Santa Lucia Highlands
Vineyard Designation
Peterson Vineyard
Harvest Date
10-11-12
Acid
6.6 g/L
pH
3.72
Aging
33% new French oak
Fermentation
100% destemmed, 30 days on the skins
Bottling Date
7-19-13
Alcohol %
14.1

2012 Peterson Vineyard Pinot Noir

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SKU: 12PPN

Even though Sandler has been getting Peterson Vineyard fruit since 2010, this 2012 is the first vineyard designate we have produced.  Peterson is owned by August West partner, John Peterson.  John has his own label, Mansfield-Dunne, with Pinot Noirs also from the Peterson Vineyard.  Sandler's version is a combination of clones 828, 667 and Pommard.

The 2012 Sandler Peterson shows off the spicy Santa Lucia Highlands flavors and racy acidity, but also has a characteristic that is unique to the vineyard.  It's almost like a pencil shavings sort of aroma, a woody/earthy type of scent.  We've seen it in all three vintages we've had the fruit.  The wine has great acidity that balances out the soft, fruity palate.  It's still a young vineyard, planted in 2007, so we'll see how it lies on the ageability chart, but 5 to 7 years would be a good prediction.