A Sonoma County Tradition Since 1927
Pedroncelli Winery 1220 Canyon Road Geyserville CA 95441 800-836-3894
We first tasted this wine at the revered Frankie and Johnny’s steak house. It was a perfect steak wine and the best buy on the list for under $50. Delving into its background, we found that it was harvested in late September, the grapes were brought in with optimal ripeness and acidity. The fruit was crushed into stainless steel tanks where frequent pumping-over of the juice during fermentation allowed
the young wine a substantial increase in flavor. The color extracted from the skins turns the wine a very deep purple color.
The wine was aged for sixteen months in American and French oak barrels, one third new oak balanced with seasoned barrels. We blend in 4% Zinfandel to give
a well-rounded fruit profile.
It was opaque purple in the glass. The wine is rich with ripe blackberry,
black pepper and chocolate aromas. It contains very deep and complex
flavors with a lasting finish braced by smooth tannins. It has the
structure to age well over many years, but if you drink it now, open and decant about 1 hour or more if desired.
At about $17, suggested retail price, it can’t be beat and rates A Major on Wine On Line.
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Appellation: Dry Creek Valley
Barrel Aging: 16 months in American and French oak
Alcohol: 13.8% pH: 3.60 Total acidity: .630g/100ml
Dry Creek Valley
Family Vineyard Sources
This richly flavored grape, long known for its intense characteristics, has
been grown side by side with Zinfandel in Dry Creek Valley for over
100 years. Petite Sirah has been planted on our vineyard since the early
1900s and used in our Zinfandel production as an important part of the
blend. The “Family Vineyard” connection is with Carol Bushnell who is
John and Jim Pedroncelli’s niece; her vineyard has been a source of fruit
since the 1940s. John blended this wine with half the fruit from estate
vineyards and half from the Bushnell vineyard.