Peltier starts with proprietors Rodney and Gayla Schatz. Shortly after Rodney graduated from Cal Poly SLO and married his wine and co-proprietor, Gayla, the pair bought their first piece of land: 40 acres of Old Vine Zinfandel in the heart of the Lodi Appellation, where the winery sits today. It was a logical progression, in time, to move from grape growing prowess to producing award-winning wines. They now farm over 1,000 acres of estate grown grapes in Lodi, and with wines like this "Red Wagon" Pinot Noir, and as good as it is for such a reasonable price, the future of Peltier, Collier Creek, and Lodi looks bright indeed!
"Red Wagon" is chock full of forward cherry scents, bolstered by notes of raspberry, spice, and black tea. The palate continues the cherry parade adding other beautifully ripe berry notes such as raspberry. The ripeness is tempered by forward acidity making this an ideal holiday wine with the variety of foods it can pair with (Thanksgiving, natch). The cherry theme continues on the mid-palate adding a touch of herbal, cola nut, kriek lambic, and more mixed berries that lead to a bright, fruit-filled finish.