2011 Pedroncelli Zinfandel, Mother Clone, Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley 750ml 3-Pack
Our Mother Clone is a classic Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel. Aromas of raspberry and allspice lead to Bing cherry and strawberry flavors framed by subtle black pepper spice. Well integrated flavors with well balanced acidity and warm toasty oak are a hallmark of our style. Enjoy now or cellar for three to five years.
Mother Clone Vineyard Sources: Pedroncelli’s historic Zinfandel vineyards are located on the hillsides surrounding the winery, on the ranch originally purchased by John Pedroncelli Sr. in 1927 and planted to Zinfandel since 1904. Our Zinfandel vines are head-pruned and hand picked, a second generation vineyard cloned from the original “Mother” vines of which one quarter of an acre exist today. Although a small part of the blend, the fruit from these 100-year-old vines is included. Along with the grapes from our estate vineyards, it has been a tradition to include two other old vine and heritage vineyards comprising a third of the blend.
Winemaking: The third cool growing season in a row for our vineyards included a lower yield and delayed ripening. We harvested the grapes over the last week of September, before the rain. The resulting fruit retained well developed flavor, outstanding balance and deep quality of fruit. During fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, the cellar crew performed daily pumpovers—extracting color and flavor from the skins. The wine was aged in American oak barrels for 12 months. A touch of Petite Sirah (10%) adds layers of color, structure, and tannin to our Zinfandel.
2011 Pedroncelli Three Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County 750ml 3-Pack
Beautiful, delicate aromas of currant, lavender and cocoa highlight our Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is framed by bright acidity, in just the right amount to showcase the fruit, and is from a lighter vintage showing medium tannins. The flavors feature red plum with caramel and licorice highlights followed by a lasting finish. Enjoy upon release or cellar up to five more years.
Three Vineyard Blend: Estate fruit harvested from the northern reaches of Dry Creek Valley. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot were hand picked just a mile from the winery. Here these varietals develop exceptional character on the vineyard sites situated on the valley bench. The vines receive the right amount of sun and cooling fog which develops optimal flavors in the grapes. Careful vineyard management during the growing season defines our style even more.
Winemaking: The grapes were harvested over the second week of October, coming from a cool growing season where we saw lower yields and grapes with good acidity, concentrated aromas and flavors. The fruit was crushed into temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. The frequent pumping of juice over the cap during fermentation gives the young wine a substantial increase of flavor, tannin and color. Our Cabernet Sauvignon was aged in 70% American Oak barrels for eleven months in order to develop smoothness and complexity. An additional 30% was aged in new French Oak to provide a subtle backbone of toasty oak. Blending in Cabernet Franc and a small portion of Petite Verdot adds depth and the integrated flavors show optimum richness and balance.