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.
- 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.