Monday, August 17, 2009

Creekview Vineyards - A passion for wine

Greg and Teri Peterson have had a passion for wine most of their lives, making wines for families and friends for over 25 years. They even had 10 vines growing in their suburban San Jose home while dreaming about the future vineyard. In 2000 the family moved to a ranchette in San Martin and immediately began to plant small blocks of vines while learning more about vineyard management at UC Davis. Their home wines began to win awards at various venues. The final bold step was taken in 2005 when they bonded their winery and became commercial winemakers.

Handcrafted wines is almost an understatement for this family run operation, their hands are involved in all aspects of this winemaking adventure. Like many winemakers in Santa Clara Valley, they closely manage their small vineyard and know each and every vine. Throughout the winemaking process, from harvest and crush; to fermentation and aging; and to bottling and labeling, Greg and Teri handcraft their wines with finesse.

Their 1.5 acre vineyard produces much of the fruit used in their wines, while they also purchase grapes from local premium winegrowers in the Santa Clara Valley and Monterey County.

Their newly released 2007 Arroyo Seco Chardonnay is a delicious creation that is ready to drink now. Rich fruity aromas mingle with a touch of spice. The tropical, citrus and banana flavors blend well with the ripe acidity, leading to a soft medium-length finish. The fruit comes from the Ventana vineyards in Arroyo Seco in Monterey County. Greg aged this wine for 10 months in a mixture of 50% new and 50% seasoned White Burgundy French oak barrels. It will pair well with seafood, shrimp and shellfish.

A particular highlight at Creekview is their 2006 Estate Grown Melody, a blend of Santa Clara Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petite Verdot fruit from Greg and Teri’s vineyard. The different varietals were fermented separately, blended, and then barrel aged for 21 months in new French oak barrels resulting in a balanced, smooth wine, rich in cherries and plum with a slight touch of coffee and chocolate. On the nose you savor the aromas of cherry blossoms and violets. Grilled beef or roasted duck would be a perfect pairing with the Bordeaux blend.

The Creekview 2006 Syrah is 91% Syrah with 6% Mourvedre and 3% Negrette. All of the fruit is from three premium Santa Clara Valley vineyards including Creekview, Dorcich and Wolfenbarger. Starting with these excellent grapes, Greg handcrafted the wine and aged it for 18 months in new and seasoned Pennsylvania oak barrels. On the nose this wine reminds me of the dark chocolate cherries I get every Christmas morning. As you taste this wine, the dark red and black cherry flavors blend into dried fig and caramel flavors. Take this wine to your next BBQ.

Creekview Vineyards is open the third weekend of every month and is located at 12467 Creekview Court in San Martin. Heading south from San Jose, take the San Martin Avenue exit and head east. Follow the road around a few bends to New Ave. Turn right on Giampoli Drive and take the first left onto Creekview Court. Creekview Winery is at the end of the court. Follow the signs around to the back where you will get a friendly greeting from Greg and Teri as you sample wines on their patio.

For more info: Creekview Vineyards

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