Bottle Notes

New Releases from Pedroncelli Winery

Pedroncelli Winery has come a long way since 1927, when John Pedroncelli, Sr. purchased vineyards and a small winery in Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley. Pedroncelli initially sold grapes to home winemakers during prohibition in order to keep the vineyard going and now almost 90 years later is run by a 3rd generation of the Pedroncelli family.

I recently had the opportunity to try some new releases from the winery.

2015 Pedroncelli Sauvignon Blanc Dry Creek Valley – Very light in color. Almost clear. 13.9% ABV. Interesting nose of grass, dandelion and lemon. Fresh and crisp with decent acidity. Lemon, spice and honeysuckle on the palate. Refreshing wine. $15 at the winery. My rating: 88 points.

2014 Pedroncelli Sangiovese Alto Vineyards – Ruby red in color. 14.2% ABV. Super nose of red fruits, asphalt and fresh flowers. Light to medium body with perfect acidity. Cherry, cranberry, earth and iron on the palate. Drying tannins on a long finish. Really nice domestic Sangiovese. Drink over the next 1-3 years. Exceptional value at $16 from the winery. My rating: 90 points.

2014 Pedroncelli Mother Clone Zinfandel – Purple in color. 14.9% ABV. Black fruits, white pepper and plums on the nose. Medium body with medium acidity. The fruit is rich and spicy. Blackberry, black cherry and pepper on the palate. Dusty tannins on a long finish. Drink over the next 3-5 years. $18 at the winery. My rating: 91 points.

2014 Pedroncelli Zinfandel Bushnell Vineyard – Maroon in color. 15.5% ABV. Fantastic nose of black and red fruits, spice and white pepper. Medium body with mouth watering acidity. Lots of structure and concentration. Raspberry, blackberry, iron and pepper on the palate. The wine finishes with dusty tannins. Drink over the next 3-5 years. Another great value at $20 from the winery. My rating: 92 points.

Pedroncelli is part of the fabric that makes up the history of wine in the Dry Creek Valley. The wines are very well made and by all standards, exceptionally well priced. Consider a visit on your next trip to Sonoma County.

Reviews based on samples provided by the winery.

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