Golden Ticket report:
I was quite pleased to receive a bottle of 2014 Pedroncelli Special Selection Red Blend a few days ago from my favorite FedEx guy. He was surprised at the small, light package. I told him not to get used to it...
Full disclosure: I am a big fan of Pedroncelli. My wife and I have consumed cases of their wine over the years, visited the winery, opened a magnum of 1995 Cab for my daughter's 21st birthday a couple years ago, etc. I have purchased the 2013 version of this wine, so was familiar with the blend.
First off, it is labelled differently now- used to be "barrel select" on the label, now it's "special selection." It seems to be the exact same wine renamed for the new vintage.
On pop and pour it's a typically tight Ped red, but a little more immediately inviting than a cab or zin. Fairly fruit forward on the nose and palate. The tasting notes on the bottle and the description are pretty accurate to what I tasted- red fruits, spice on the nose, cherry and plum with more spice on the palate.
Enjoyable by itself, pairs well with food (roast dinner) and slowly improved, opening up over several hours. I'd say that this is more approachable in youth than other Ped reds, but carries the usual Ped structure and longevity. Many wines in this price range will totally fall apart after being open and exposed to oxygen for a few hours. This one had a long way to go, and I saved half the bottle for tonight.
I prefer Ped zin, cab, Merlot, and sangio to this blend, but not by a wide margin. This is a perfect weekday wine, and should pair as well with pizza as the roast I enjoyed, because the blend makes it really flexible.
Highly recommended, especially for such a low price.