Dick Peterson is well-known in the California wine industry as an innovator, winemaker, educator, international wine judge, viticulture/enology consultant and expert witness in legal cases. After earning a BS in Chemical Technology, a MS in Food Science and a PhD in Agricultural Chemistry, he started his working life in 1958 with E. & J. Gallo Winery in Research and New Product Development. He then replaced the legendary Andre Tchelistcheff as winemaster at Beaulieu Vineyards.
This Pinot is sourced from Dick's vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA, situated just inland from Monterey Bay on the California coast. This Pinot is a blend of the Wrotham Pinot clone and the R-4 clone of Pinot Noir. The Wrotham clone is unique in all the world of viticulture. It was discovered in Wrotham Village in southeast England, in all likelihood, the descendent of cuttings introduced there by the Romans some 2,000 years ago. The wine grapes of the Wrotham clone produce a uniquely rich color and a spicy character not often found in Pinot Noir wines. In 1980, Dick Peterson brought the Wrotham cuttings back to California and planted them. Today those vines are 36 years old!
"This wine is made from the Rotham Clone of Pinot Noir, sourced from England. Pale ruby-purple in color, the 2017 Richard G. Peterson Pinot Noir opens with compelling earthy notes of fungi, damp soil and underbrush over a core of kirsch, raspberry leaves and crushed rocks plus a waft of bouquet garni. Medium-bodied, the palate has fantastic freshness with juicy red berry flavors coating the palate and soft tannins to support, finishing long and mineral laced."