Pedroncelli Winery in Sonoma's Dry Creek Valley has been around since 1927. In all that time they're still a family business. In today's world of corporate takeovers, the wine industry has not gone unaffected. Yet Pedroncelli keeps on keeping on generation after generation. Today I'll look at one of their Cabernet Sauvignon's.
The 2006 Pedroncelli Three Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon is produced from all Estate, Dry Creek fruit. This wine is composed of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc and 7% Merlot. This wine was aged in oak for 12 months. The suggested retail price is $15.
Blueberry and cherry along with undertones of cedar form the core of this Cabernet's nose. Subtle eucalyptus also creeps in and makes its presence known. Throughout the palate a rich core of berry and plum fruit notes are the stars. The finish shows black tea, mineral notes and close spice. The tannins are firm but approachable and this wine has fine acidity and balance. This wine will pair with a wider range of foods than the average Cabernet Sauvignon.
What I like best about this 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon from Pedroncelli is how smooth and accessible it is right now. Its lush mouth-feel makes it easy to drink. Meanwhile it still has a firm enough structure to hold onto and drink nicely for the next 3-4 years. This wine is a fine example of some of the offerings coming out of Dry Creek Valley.
Dry Creek Valley has been a amongst my favorite regions for many years. With that in mind, along with a business partner and friend, I've now launched Drink Dry Creek. That site will be dedicated exclusively to everything Dry Creek Valley. Please check it out. Gabe's View, will of course continue forward in the same manner it has in the past.