2009 Pedroncelli Bushnell Vineyard ZInfandel – Review

By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: www.pedroncelli.com

The Sonoma region of California produces some of the best Zinfandel in the world – it’s really refined great Zin, almost to a science. The combination of weather, soil and elevation all play into creating distinct Zinfandel and the Pedroncalli Family produces some very tasty ones at prices that won’t break the bank.

Technical Data: 

  • Appellation: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County
  • Composition: 96% Zinfandel; 4% Petite Sirah
  • Aging: 11 months American oak barrels, 30% new oak
  • Alcohol: 15.2%
  • pH: 3.71
  • Total acidity: .570g/100ml
  • Price: $20

Nose: Dried cherries, red clay, strawberries, white peppercorns, the sole of a tennis shoe, road tar and shoe polish.

Taste: Tastes a cherry cola that’s been hit with chunks of modeling clay, white pepper, vanilla, toasted cedar chips and leather strips. Very firm tannins showcase the youth of this wine – I’d love to try it again in a year or two – I’d definitely decant if you plan on drinking now. Solid zin that’s not too jammy with good acids and a finish that hangs out rather well but will be better in a couple more years.

W.E.P. Rating: 90%