Community Tasting Notes (3) Avg Score: 94.7 points

  • Myriad, Quivet, and others: As chewy and fruit-driven as the 2018 Myriad Crane, the Peterson rides a little higher than the Crane in terms of overall depth, but notably fills the palate with a gorgeous saturation of sweet blackberry and dark black raspberry. Some asphalt and black rock add interest here, with heavy cassis and black cherry notes sauntering-in a little late in the game and marinating the finish. A slight youthfully bitter hit briefly pokes its head up on the very tip of the tail, but doesn’t translate to any astringency or clipping of the otherwise attractive flavor expansion. 95+ points.

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  • Barrel sample. A new wine from Mike. Nicely perfumed on the nose, with crushed white flowers, blackberries and loamy soil. Shows concentrated and powerful fruit with some good lift from decent levels of acidity. Shows more dank earth and mineral driven flavors than the other samples tasted, yet not quite as refined or seamless. That said, there are the signature sweet tannins creating an inviting wine to drink probably as early as on release. Nice persistence on the finish. Curious to see how this tastes from bottle. 93-95

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  • Mike Smith 2018s & 2017s - Myriad, Quivet, Scarlett, Becklyn, and others (Saint Helena): A new offering from Mike Smith, the Peterson (of Switchback Ridge fame) is a very fine testament to the site’s ability to pump out some quality juice. Not surprisingly, this behaved very similarly to the Switchback Cabs I’ve had in the past. Purple and black fruit and dark gravelly soil rule the roost, with a chunky and chewy texture that adds personality. A little less seamless than some of the other top shelf 2018s in its current state, but the overall character delivers savory flavors in spades. The mineral component elevates the finish just before the tannins rush around and grip the tail.

    This will be a fun wine to follow over the next few years and is an outstanding inaugural effort. 95+ points. I may be underscoring a bit, as any new edition in such stiff competition makes for a comparative effect that can water-down scores sometimes. Something to look forward to once it hits bottle. I’m personally glad to see juice coming out of this area with the craftsmanship of Mike Smith at the helm. Anxious to follow its evolution…and what a great vintage to start with!

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