In fact the Peterson ability to manage a large assortment of different wines is probably what led him to go public in 1999, (RVWD:Nasdaq), and were then bought out in 2001 by Constellation Brands, "Leading producer and marketer of beverage alcohol brands". Now there's something to aspire to!
The Vintner's Blend Shiraz is a bit better than the typical Syrah in the low end of the price range ($10.99 BevMo and others). To me it actually embodies both the heft and taste of an Australian Shiraz, with the more refined, and less rustic style of Australia. A light nose of berrys and spice, dominate with a semi-day Syrah flavor that goes beyond it's price. A nice find. Apparently the 2002 is also available in locations. It may exhibit an even smoother consistancy from the extra year in bottle.
When you visit Sonoma check them out for tasting. While owned by a major corporation, the experience can be fun. Make sure to spit. Ok?
18701 Gehricke Road
Sonoma, California 95476
Also, if you are looking for a good way to try an assortment of different California (and I guess Australian) wine, their wine clubs (they have two) can be interesting. Tell 'em Don sent ya'! (If you don't get thrown out, it's a new employee!) Just kidding.
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