Fine Wine Source Wine

February 2019

Cosentino Winery:

Marty Peterson comes from a family with a rich farming history. In 1904, his great-grandfather, Carl A. Peterson, made his way by ferry to Lodi, an agricultural community at the mouth of the Sacramento River Delta, 60 miles east of San Francisco, where he founded the family ranch. For more than a century, the Peterson family has farmed 100 acres in the Lodi region, now planted to fine wine grape varietals, as well as Bing cherries. The fourth generation of growers from the family property, Marty grew up in a community of farmers who shared a similar commitment to the land. The childhood friends and family relationships forged over many years are still firmly in place, giving him an insider’s insight—and connections— into this important, emerging winegrowing region. Marty received his Bachelor of Sciences in Enology from Fresno State University in 2002, giving him expertise on the cellar side and refining his natural farming knowledge. Peterson joined Vintage Wine Estates in 2011 as winemaker for Viansa Sonoma; in May of 2015 he was then appointed Winemaker at Cosentino Winery, where he draws on his deep roots in the Lodi region, as well as his knowledge of the Napa and Sonoma appellations, to create uniquely expressive wines of balance and complexity. Cosentino Winery is renowned for creating the first designated and licensed Meritage wine, Bordeaux inspired blend (The Poet) that set the standard that others would follow in Napa Valley.


In 1990, ‘THE’ Series was introduced with ‘THE Zin,’ showcasing the best grapes from the Lodi AVA and paving the way for ‘THE’ Series of wines. ‘THE’ Series is now our largest volume collection of wine from the Lodi AVA. 2016’s THE Dark is a proprietary blend of Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon aged 12 months is French oak barrels. The grapes for THE Dark were hand-harvested in Lodi, an AVA known to benefit from the cooling Delta influence. The 2016 harvest was notably even and steady, providing balanced yields of quality fruit which allowed us to craft a wine with both freshness and depth of fruit. Don’t be afraid of THE Dark – enjoy now or over the next three years.


Undisclosed percentages: Predominantly Petite Sirah blended with Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Sauvignon.



Tasting Notes:

THE Dark lives up to its name with an inky dark hue in the glass and rich aromas of plum, blackberry jam and blueberry cobbler. The palate is dense with fruit flavors, pepper spice and vanilla barrel toast leading to a brooding finish that is smooth and opulent.

Food Pairings:

THE Dark can hold its own against slow-roasted short ribs and rosemary-crusted lamb or a slow cooked herb-crusted bottom roast with carrots, onion, celery, potatoes, and stewed tomatoes; however, it is equally delicious to indulge in after dinner alongside aged Gouda or flourless chocolate cake. THE Dark would also be a perfect pairing to Valentine’s chocolates and a romantic candle-lit evening with your sweetheart!!

Jim Lutfy’s Thoughts:

Big, rich, and chewy…A full throttle Wine that way overachieves; best served with BBQ!!!

fine Wine Source Wine

July 2017
Hybrid by Peltier Station: It all began with the Shatz Family in the early 1950’s, whose passion for farming has been passed along to each generation with the love for the land and vineyards. As third generation grape growers, Rodney and Gayla Schatz carry on the same traditions today as their parents and great-grandparents did many years ago, growing superior grapes that are sold to numerous wineries throughout the country. They purchased their first vineyard in 1985 and built a winery in 2002 as a custom crush facility producing premium wines. From a drive to create their own label to share from the vineyards that have captured their hearts, comes the desire to make outstanding wines with a commitment to quality and excellence; essentially, creating individuality in each bottle. Their flagship Peltier Station Petite Sirah launched the beginning of many vintages and varietals. The Hybrid Label is a revolutionary product that combines highly advanced technology with environmentally sustainable principles. It is the inspiration of the need for first-rate wines at a fair and affordable price. So wines were crafted with taste to back them up and their final product is unpretentious with high quality. Hybrid is about taking away unnecessary elements to produce a great wine that anyone can enjoy.

About: : Lodi California is located directly east of San Francisco at the edge of the Sacramento River Delta, and noted for its classic Mediterranean climate with warm days and cool nights. The soil varies in the AVA (approved in 1986), though in most places it is a deep loam primarily covered with large rocks, similar to Chateauneuf du Pape. All of the grapes are estate-grown, harvested at 25.6 Brix, de-stemmed, and crushed. Fermentation was 24hr cold soak, Pasture Red Yeast on primary and Vinaflora Oenos direct inoculation on secondary, limited hand pump-overs, pressed at 7 days. 5000 cases produced.
Varietals: 80% Petite Sirah, 15% Sirah, 5% Viognier.
Alcohol: 14.3%.
Tasting Notes: Loaded with berry flavors and aromas, an earthy middle body with a rich silky finish. The “touch” of Viognier has been added to round out this “Monster” wine!.
Food Pairings: Dry strong Cheeses, BBQ or grilled Hamburgers and Beef Steaks, Lamb anyway you want to cook it, or a Beef/Pork Tenderloin-roasted, grilled, BBQ’d with a creamy sauce as a nice bridge! .
Jim Lutfy’s Thoughts: A big pop of strawberry licorice on the nose and the palate. Loaded with flavors of hickory and smoke, served best with barbequed or grilled meats!.

June Domestic Wine: 2010 Clayhouse 'Adobe Red', Paso Robles, CALIFORNIA

“Our label and brand celebrate a historic home at our estate vineyard near Paso Robles. That 150-year-old adobe structure – the Clayhouse itself – still reminds us of the time when grapes were first planted in this area. The Clayhouse, which we’ve carefully restored, is really the ideal symbol for our vineyard and winery. After all, like the adobe, our wines are created from the earth, cultivated by hand, and nurtured by family traditions.

For the Middleton family, those traditions and deep passion for agricultural businesses go back more than four generations.

Today, Clayhouse Wines extend that proud family legacy with a selection of exceptional wines, all crafted by hand in a refined, elegant style that reflects the unique character of Paso Robles and the depth of flavor that the Central Coast imparts.”

About ‘The Clayhouse’:  “The 150-year-old adobe structure — the Clayhouse itself — really is the ideal symbol for our vineyards. After all, like the adobe, our wines are created from the earth, cultivated by hand, and nurtured by family traditions.

For the Middleton family, those traditions and deep passion for agricultural businesses go back more than four generations. Today, Clayhouse extends that proud legacy with its selection of exceptional wines, all hand-crafted in a refined, elegant style that reflects the unique character of Paso Robles.”

Vintage Description: Even fairly mild summer for Paso Robles. Yields were average producing a good well rounded vintage with expressive fruit flavors.

Varietal: 33% Zinfandel, 32% Petite Sirah, 20% Syrah, 13% Tempranillo, 2% Tanat

Alcohol: 13.7% by volume

Tasting Notes: Sweet ripe red cherries aromas. Jammy strawberry preserves and spice combine in the mouth in this complex blend of fruit flavors. Tannins are soft and rounded with a rich mouthfeel and warm toasty vanilla laced finish.

Food Pairings: This wine is a reliable Jack of all trades, made for cheeses, meat and red sauce based pastas, bbq, pizza or just sipping with friends.

Jim Lutfy’s thoughts: “A great blend! Tons of concentration and flavor. A wine that will make you stand up and take notice. A wine that is a perfect summertime sipper! Drink with rich cheeses and hardy meats!”-JL