2009 Pedroncelli Three Vineyards Cab – Review

By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: http://www.pedroncelli.com

It’s difficult for some folks to get around the fact that California has been producing quality Cabs for longer than any other state in the U.S.A. Its reputation of cabs is upheld around the world. One of the bigger challenges, however, for many California wineries is finding a way to produce cabs that are good and priced to compete on a global market.

This $17 offering from Pedroncelli is poised to fit that bill – let’s dive in and see what it’s all about.

Technical Data:

  • Appellation: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County
  • Composition: 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot
  • Aging: 12 months in American and French oak barrels
  • Alcohol: 14.3% pH: 3.64
  • Total acidity: .590/100ml
  • Price: $17

Nose: Cherries, strawberries, cocoa powder, pepper, leather and dirt.

Taste: Chocolate-laced strawberries, cherries, red plums and peppercorns. The tannins still show very young but pass is being rather drinkable because of the good fruit and acids in this wine. The finish lingers well and help make this wine a good value-play for most beef-driven dishes.

W.E.P. Rating: 90%