Pedroncelli friends.white 2016

PEDRONCELLI FRIENDS.WHITE 2016

Description and Flavor Profile: At Pedroncelli, wine is second nature to us. We love to entertain and share our stories over an easy-drinking glass of white wine. The friendships that develop are more important than the varietal or the shape of the glass. Here’s to friends!

Very aromatic! Peach and tropical fruit with an eotic nose. Citrus, honey and spice follow and the flavors are fresh and crisp highlighted by bright acidity and a touch of spritz.

The Process: All sourced within Sonoma County, we searched for the highest quality fruit. The blend puts all the best into the bottle from our friendly neighborhood growers.

Pairing: This is a white wine to enjoy on its own or with spicy dishes like curried chicken or Thai prawn salad.

Varietal: A blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Gewurztraminer

AVA: Sonoma County

Alcohol: 13.9%

Aging Potential: Enjoy now through 2019

Serving Temperature: 7ºC/45ºF

Cases by Layer/Pallet: 14/56 (12, 750ml bottles/case)

Pedroncelli friends.red 2015

PEDRONCELLI FRIENDS.RED 2015

Description and Flavor Profile: At Pedroncelli, wine is second nature to us. We love to entertain and share our stories over an easy-drinking glass of red wine. The friendships made are more important than the varietal or the shape of the glass. Here’s to friends!

From the fruity aromas to the lingering finish, our friends.red blend pairs the aromas of ripe cherry to the flavors of red berries, black plum with hints of chocolate and black pepper. It is a mellow, harmonious wine with a round finish and soft tannins.

The Process: All sourced within Sonoma County, we searched for the highest quality fruit. The combined vineyards put all the best into your glass from our friendly neighborhood growers.

Aged for 11 months in small American oak barrels, 20% new oak. This amount of time allows the wine to take on some complexity from the oak but not too much—this is an approachable wine with smoothness from start to finish.

Pairing: This wine pairs well with hearty soups, grilled red meats, pasta dishes in marinara sauces, barbecued chicken or simply on its own. A lovely cheese plate to finish or chocolate dessert is always a great option!

Varietal: A distinctive combination of Merlot, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Syrah, and Sangiovese.

AVA: Sonoma County

Alcohol: 14.4%

Aging Potential: Enjoy now through 2019

Serving Temperature: 18ºC/65ºF

Cases by Layer/Pallet: 14/56 (12, 750ml bottles/case)

Pedroncelli Sauvignon Blanc 2016

PEDRONCELLI SAUVIGNON BLANC 2016

Description and Flavor Profile: Dry Creek Valley has a great pedigree for growing and developing great fruit characteristics as well as bright acidity in Sauvignon Blanc. We sourced three vineyards for this vintage: our estate vineyards as well as two neighboring growers. Each vineyard’s microclimate combines sun, soil and fog to retain ripe fruit and crisp flavor. Add these components to the special care and attention from the vineyard crew and the resulting wine is a wonderful reflection of terroir – wherein the sum is greater than the parts.

Aromatic with citrusy and grassy aromas, very varietally correct. The fresh flavors are layered with Meyer lemon, peach, and apple high-lighted by a minerality and crisp taste. Our Sauvignon Blanc is quite refreshing and tangy with bright acidity. Please enjoy upon release or within a year or two as no aging is required.

The Process: Spring rain and perfect growing conditions during the summer accelerated the ripening of the grapes and we began harvesting Sauvignon Blanc on August 17th. Excellent quality, high intensity of aromas and balanced acids are the result and the Sauvignon varietal aromatics shine in this vintage. After pressing, the juice goes into stainless steel fermenting tanks to cold soak for 24/48 hours. Inoculated with selected yeast and slow fermenttion at about 58 degrees F in the stainless steel tanks completes the process. We keep the wine temperature controlled during fermentation in order to keep all varietal flavors. The wine is bottle a few months after harvest without oak aging or malo-lactic fermentation. We continue to create this Sauvignon Blanc to capture freshness and showcase the luscious Dry Creek Valley fruit.

Pairing: Try creamy or firm cheeses garnished with fresh seasonal fruit, or grilled filet of sole with citrus and herbs. Also great with shrimp shish kabobs served over rice, crab cakes, or Thai cuisine and other light spicy foods.

Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc

AVA: Dry Creek Valley

Alcohol: 13.5%

Aging Potential: Enjoy now through 2018

Serving Temperature: 7ºC/45ºF

Cases by Layer/Pallet: 14/56 (12, 750ml bottles/case)

Pedroncelli Chardonnay 2016

PEDRONCELLI CHARDONNAY 2016

Description and Flavor Profile: Spring rain and perfect growing conditions during summer accelerated the ripening of the grapes, and we began harvesting Chardonnay on September 16. The warm summer growing season with moderate temperatures offered ideal conditions for the grapes and, as a result, had great natural acidity, intense quality and well developed sugars. Grapes for this wine were harvested over 10 days beginning at the end of August. Sourced from four vineyards located at the southern end of Dry Creek Valley, they benefit from the cool microclimate and alluvial soils near the Russian River and produce wines of exceptional fruit and balance, culminating in Chardonnay of great character and quality.

Pineapple, mango and peach aromas lead to juicy fruit flavors of ripe peach, sweet spices, pineapple, basically loaded with tropical fruit notes. The blend of the two Chardonnay lots adds both fruit forward qualities and a creamy texture. Highlighted by bright acidity, the wine finishes clean and refreshing. Drink now—no aging required.

The Process: At Pedroncelli Winery, the winemaking goal is simple: showcase the distinctive fruit of each varietal. This focus on fruit is particularly important in creating the style of Chardonnay that is our trademark. Due to the ideal harvest conditions and excellent quality this vintage has high intensity of tropical fruit aromas and flavors. We use stainless steel tanks to ferment 88% of the wine, capturing the fresh fruit flavors. The balance was separately barrel fermented in American oak barrels and aged for six months before being combined. The barrel fermentation and secondary or “malolactic” fermentation added some creamy notes giving a boost of complexity to the finished wine.

Pairing: This Chardonnay should be served slightly chilled and pairs well with a variety of cuisines and dishes, from French onion soup to fish and shellfish, such as Trout Almandine and grilled scallops. Also great with grilled chicken or bratwurst and grilled chicken salads.

Varietal: Chardonnay

AVA: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County

Alcohol: 14.3%

Aging Potential: Enjoy now through 2020

Serving Temperature: 10ºC/50ºF

Cases by Layer/Pallet: 14/56 (12, 750ml bottles/case)

Pedroncelli Dry Rose of Zinfandel 2016

PEDRONCELLI DRY ROSE OF ZINFANDEL 2016

Description and Flavor Profile: A Long Tradition of Rosé: We have been producing our Zinfandel-based Rosé since the mid-1950s. Grapes for our Dry Rosé were harvested from the Pedroncelli home ranch and another longtime Zin grower. The area’s well-drained rocky soils, hillsides and excellent microclimate enable Zinfandel to develop generous fruit flavors. The grapes were picked the first week of September. The season brought fresh acidity and aromatics as well as bright color and flavors.

Enticing floral aromas with rose petal and cherry. The bouquet is nicely balanced with a touch of citrus, spicy fruit flavor and crisp orange zest. The great framework of rounded acidity, along with the refreshing finish, lingers between tartness and fruitiness. Our Rosé is made to be enjoyed upon release.

The Process: Over the years, we have refined our approach when it comes to the style of our Dry Rosé. The focus is on crisp acidity and true varietal character allowing the fresh fruit flavors to shine. 2016 brought the right amount of rain in spring and perfect growing conditions during the summer which produced excellent quality grapes with high intensity of aromas and higher acids than previous vintages. Our Rosé is madefrom 100% free run juice from early picked Zinfandel. Fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks takes place until dry. Even though we make it in a dry style, the wine retains a hint of sweetness because of the fruitiness of the Zinfandel grape. Bottled a few months after harvest, the wine captures the freshness of the vintage.

Pairing: This is a hugely versatile wine that will stand up to big flavours such as anchovy, olives, garlic, saffron and pimenton. So, the ideal wine to drink with tapenade or a salade Niçoise, a paella or grilled chicken and fish. A good wine for barbecues. Also enjoyable with rustic pâtés and terrines, other charcuterie. ham and sheep’s cheese.

Varietal: Zinfandel

AVA: Dry Creek Valley

Alcohol: 13.7%

Aging Potential: Enjoy now through 2020

Serving Temperature: 13ºC/55ºF

Cases by Layer/Pallet: 14/56 (12, 750ml bottles/case)

Pedroncelli Pinot Noir 2016

PEDRONCELLI PINOT NOIR 2016

Description and Flavor Profile: The fruit for our Pinot Noir comes from four growers spread over the northern Russian River Valley. The Frank Johnson Vineyard continues as a source of Pinot Noir, spanning 30 years, and is combined with three other growers, Harrich, Lynzabeth, and Brooks, all within a few miles of each other. Pinot Noir grown in the cool climate of the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County is regularly influenced by the intrusion of cooling evening fog from the Pacific Ocean a few miles to the west. This natural air-conditioning allows the grapes to develop full flavor maturity over an extended growing season while retaining the all-important natural acidity. Combined with a diverse complexity of soil types along with the vineyard sources creates a wine that reflects all the best of this growing region.

Aromas of rose petals, pomegranate and nutmeg greet the nose. Flavors follow with strawberry and black plum, toasty oak notes framed by bright acidity. Light bodied, smooth with a long finish and balanceed with mild tannins. An elegant and tasteful Pinot Noir.

The Process: The 2016 growing season brought plenty of rain to the vineyards and perfect growing conditions followed during the summer with even heat and great ripening environment. The grapes were harvested over the first week of September. Destemmed and crushed grapes go to temperature controlled fermenter for 5 days of cold soaking at ~50F (pre-fermentation) with a daily pump over for extraction of color, aromatics and tannins. After that period fermenttion starts. Fermenting at ~75F to better extract the aromatics of the Pinot Noir fruit. During fermentation we have a regime of three pump overs a day to achieve the reight extraction, until dry. Then pressed and sent to storage tanks and later moved to barrels for aging. The round and polished texture of this wine comes not only from the high quality fruit , but also judicious use of oak—the wine was aged for 8 months in small French oak barrels with 25% new oak.

Pairing: Pair this versatile, food-friendly wine with salmon, tuna and other oily fish, mild sausages, duck, quail, pork and lamb. Fruit-based sauces or chutneys and mushrooms make a strong supporting cast. This is the ultimate Thanksgiving wine (turkey, stuffing, cranberries). For your cheese board, select firm, moderately flavored cheeses like Gruyere, Gouda and aged cheddar.

Varietal: Pinot Noir

AVA: Russian River Valley

Alcohol: 13.8%

Aging Potential: Enjoy now through 2023

Serving Temperature: 13ºC/55ºF

Cases by Layer/Pallet: 14/56 (12, 750ml bottles/case)

Pedroncelli Merlot 2015

PEDRONCELLI MERLOT 2015

Description and Flavor Profile: The source for our Bench Vineyards Merlot comes from three blocks off of our vineyard located along Dry Creek Road. Bench Vineyards, the name chosen for this wine, describes the natural terraces that flank Dry Creek Valley and rise gradually into the steep hills. Characterized by sloped topography and gravelly/rocky residual soils, the unique growing conditions combine to bring out the best in our Merlot.

The aromas of our Merlot are enticing with hints of strawberry and baking spices. Flavors of black cherry, plum, and black pepper are showcased along with cinnamon notes and, in the background, a touch of vanilla and toasty oak. Medium bodied with round tannins follow through to a velvety finish. A beautifully balanced wine.

The Process: Grapes were harvested the last week of August, about two weeks earlier due to drought conditions. The vintage shows intense phenolics and mild acids resulting in a very structured wine with smooth texture. The grapes were crushed into temperature controlled stainless steel tanks and cold soaked for 48 hours. Daily pumpovers during the fermentation gives a substantial increase in flavor and color. The young wine was transferred to small American oak barrels to age for 11 months in order to develop smoothness and complexity, giving the wine a subtle backbone of oak components.

Pairing: Pairs well with baked pasta dishes such as lasagna, spicy rice dishes such as jambalaya, hearty bean dishes with bacon or smoked ham, roast turkey and even blackened salmon or other dense fish in a tomato-based sauce. Also terrific with a grilled hamburger.

Varietal: Merlot

AVA: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County

Alcohol: 14.1%

Barrel Aging: 11 months in American Oak, 30% new

Aging Potential: Enjoy now through 2020

Serving Temperature: 18ºC/65ºF

Cases by Layer/Pallet: 14/56 (12, 750ml bottles/case)

Pedroncelli Zinfandel Mother Clone 2015

PEDRONCELLI ZINFANDEL MOTHER CLONE 2015

Description and Flavor Profile: 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 which were replanted block by block beginning in the early 1980s. The fruit from the remaining over 100-year-old vines, although a small part, is included. We source three estate sources: the Home Ranch, Bushnell, and Buchigani vineyard.

Our Mother Clone is a classic Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel with aromas of red and black berries and a touch of warm baking spices. The concentrated flavors of raspberry and blackberry combine with vanilla, toasty oak, pepper and a dash of nutmeg. The spicy-berry dynamic so typical of Dry Creek combines smooth tannins and bright acidity which are a hallmark of our style. Enjoy now or cellar for three to five years. Well intergrated flavors with smooth tannins and bright acidity are a hallmark of our style. Enjoy now or cellar from three to five years.

The Process: The 2015 vintage began with a very dry growing season which accelerated ripening. Zinfandel from the different blocks that make the Mother Clone blend was harvested between the last week of August and the first week of September, two weeks earlier than in a normal year. With ripe aromas and flavors, it is a very dense and concentrated wine from the drought period. Crushed grapes go to a fermentation tank to cold soak for 24-48 hours and then inoculated with selected yeast. Daily pump-overs, fermentation in stainless steel tanks with delestage regimes for maximum phenolic extraction. Maceration/fermentation for about 10 days until dry then grapes are pressed and go to storage tanks until barreled down for twelve months of aging in American oak barrels. The addition of Petite Sirah (12%) adds depth of color and brings structure to the Zinfandel fruit.

Pairing: This Zinfandel works well with a variety of dishes, including most meats (pork, beef, game) and some hearty stews and seafood, like Cioppino (traditional Italian fish stew), tomato-based pastas and strong, aged cheeses.

Varietal: 88% Zinfandel, 12% Petite Sirah

AVA: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County

Alcohol: 14.9%

Aging Potential: Enjoy now through 2021

Serving Temperature: 18ºC/65ºF

Cases by Layer/Pallet: 14/56 (12, 750ml bottles/case)

Pedroncelli Zinfandel (Bushnell) 2015

PEDRONCELLI ZINFANDEL (BUSHNELL) 2015

Description and Flavor Profile: Located on the eastern hillsides of Dry Creek Valley, the 22-acre Bushnell Vineyard has been closely related to the Pedroncelli family for over 50 years. Winery founder John Sr. purchased the property in 1945, and, at the time, it was planted to Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Carignane. The vineyard was sold to son-in-law Al Pedroni in the 1950s and he tended the vineyard for over 40 years. Al’s daughter Carol Bushnell inherited the vineyard in the 1990s and she and her husband Jim now farm it. They grow Zinfandel and Petite Sirah.

The deep purple of this wine shows the concentration of the vintage. Aromas of ripe berries mingle with hints of black pepper, cinnamon and toasty oak. Rich flavors of blackberry, plums, mocha, touch of vanilla and dark chocolate. Spice-loaded with black pepper, clove and cinnamon, this is a rich and full bodied Zinfanedl with a sweet lingering finish and well balanced between fruit and tannins.

The Process:The dry growing season (because of the fourth year of drought) accelerated ripening. The grapes were harvested the first week of September. Ripe aromas and flavors, very dense and concentrated wine for this 2015 vintage. Fermentation took place in a small capacity stainless steel tank which lends better skin-to-juice ratio. Daily pumpovers over the cap of grape skins extracts color, flavor and tannin. The young wine was transferred to American oak barrels to age for sixteen months. The time in the barrel added complexity, creating many layers of flavor.

Pairing: The mild dark fruits and sweetness in our Reserve Zinfandel will pair perfectly with a creamy and herbaceous fettuccine pork Bolognese or a rich braised beef dish with lots of hearty vegetables.

Varietal: 97% Zinfandel, 3% Petite Sirah

AVA: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma

Alcohol: 15.2%

Barrel Aging: 16 Months American oak barrels, 40% new oak

Aging Potential: Enjoy now through 2022

Serving Temperature: 18ºC/65ºF

Cases by Layer/Pallet: 14/56 (12, 750ml bottles/case)

Pedroncelli Petite Sirah 2015

PEDRONCELLI PETITE SIRAH 2015

Description and Flavor Profile: This richly flavored grape, long known for its intense characteristics, has been grown side by side with Zinfandel in Dry Creek Valley for over 100 years. Petite Sirah has been planted on our vineyard since the early 1900s and used in our Zinfandel production as a key part of the blend. The “Family Vineyard” connection is with Carol Bushnell who is a third generation Pedroncelli; her vineyard has been a source of fruit since the 1940s. The resulting wine contains half the fruit from estate vineyards and half from the Bushnell vineyard.

Deep dark purple in the glass. Our rich, full-bodied Petite Sirah offers rich aromas of blueberries, black plum and pepper with very deep and complex flavors of blueberry, black cherry, pepper spice, vanilla and toasted oak. There is nothing ‘petite’ about this wine and it is well structured with firm tannins and a smoky finish. It has the sturcture to age well over many years. Decant if desired.

The Process: Harvested early, the first week of September, due to drought conditions in this year. It followed a warm growing season and the vintage shows intense phenolics and mild acids resulting in a very structured wine with smooth texture. The fruit was crushed into stainless steel tanks where frequent pumping-over of the juice during fermentation allowed the young wine a substantial increase in extraction of flavor. The wine was aged for seventeen months in small American oak barrels, one third new oak. A touch of Zinfandel was added to highlight the fruit compnents.

Pairing: Petite Sirah is the perfect wine to serve with dishes like veal saltimbocca or braised beef with winter vegetables. Mushroom dishes are ideal, as is any type of blue cheese.

Varietal: 95% Petite Sirah, 5% Zinfandel

AVA: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma

Barrel Aging: 17 Months in American Oak

Alcohol: 14.5%

Aging Potential: Enjoy now through 2022

Serving Temperature: 18ºC/65ºF

Cases by Layer/Pallet: 14/56 (12, 750ml bottles/case)

Pedroncelli Cabernet Sauvignon Three Vineyards 2015

PEDRONCELLI CABERNET SAUVIGNON THREE VINEYARDS 2015

Description and Flavor Profile: Estate fruit harvested from the northern reaches of Dry Creek Valley, where these Bordeaux varietals excel. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petite Verdot were handpicked 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.

Aromas of dark rich berries, dried herbs and earthy tones introduce this medium bodied Cabernet Sauvignon. Soft tannins with cherry, plum and blackberry along with hints of oregano and bay leaf follow on the palate. Great structure and good acidity combine with a spicy toasted oak finish. Enjoy upon release or cellar up to eight more years

The Process: 2015 conditions were influenced by the drought with a very dry growing season highlighted by accelerated ripening. Cabernet Sauvignon from the different blocks that make up the Three Vineyards blend was harvested the second week of September, more than a week earlier than the previous vintage. Ripe aromas and flavors, soft tannins and mild acidity defines this vintage. Addition of estate Cabernet Frnac, Malbec, Merlot, and Petit Verdot adds levels of flavor and fruit characteristics. Grapes are de-stemmed, fully crushed, and cold soaked for 48 hours. The must is inoculated with the Bordeaux yeast strain and fermented/macerated in stainless steel tanks. The fermenting juice is pumped over the cap daily for extraction of color, tannins and flavor until dry. Once pressed it is stored until barreled in the winter.

70% of our Cabernet Sauvignon was aged in American oak barrels for fifteen months in order to develop smoothness and complexity. An additional 30% was aged in new French oak to provide a subtle backbone of vanilla and toasted oak highlights.

Pairing: Serve at room temperature(65ºF) with a variety of roasted, broiled or barbecued beef dishes. It also pairs well with lamb, wild game such as venison and wild boar, hearty vegetable dishes and strong cheeses.

Varietal: 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, and 1% Malbe

AVA: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County

Alcohol: 14.5%

Barrel Aging: 15 months–70% in American oak and 30% in new French oak barrels

Aging Potential: Enjoy now through 2023

Serving Temperature: 18ºC/65ºF

Cases by Layer/Pallet: 14/56 (12, 750ml bottles/case)

Pedroncelli Cabernet Sauvignon 007   2015

PEDRONCELLI CABERNET SAUVIGNON 007 2015

Description and Flavor Profile: Our vineyards are assigned block numbers to identify them as they are planted. Block 007 refers to one portion of our vineyard located a mile west of the winery, on the eastern bench above Dry Creek and has caught the attention of our winemaking team because it consistently produces fruit of singular quality.

Of the 105 acres we have planted to vineyard, we grow a total of 28 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon. We first planted Cabernet Sauvignon in the mid-1960s. Block 007 was replanted in 1992—on the Scott Henry trellis system which splits the cordon arms into a double tier with the upper arm usually bearing about 3 tons of grapes per acres while the lower arm bears about 2 tons per acre. This is for optimum ripeness. The vineyard land is well drained, right next to Canyon Creek where it is gravelly and ideal for growing Cabernet Sauvignon.

Ripe blackberry and plum aromas lead to touches of oregano, pepper and smoky oak. Berry flavors combine with tobacco and dried herbs typical of the Dry Creek Valley terroir. A long earthy finish with lasting fruit is simply elegant. Good acidity and medium tannins lead to great aging potential. Obviously this wine has no connection to a world famous British Special Agent. It’s simply the name of a vineyard block…Sauvignon, Cabernet Sauvignon.

The Process:The grapes were picked on September 14 following a drought influenced growing season which accelerated ripening of Cabernet Sauvignon. The results were a high concentration of flavors and aromas with mild acids defining this vintage. The juice and berries are cold soaked for 48 hours and then inoculated with the Bordeaux yeast strain. Fermentation in our small capacity temperature controlled stainless steel tank gave optimal skin/juice ration and better extraction of flavor and color. After pressing the young wine it was transferred to a storage tank and later put into small French and American oak barrels to age for sixteen months with 35% new French oak.
the young wine was transferred to small French and American oak barrels to age for sixteen months with 35% new French oak.

Pairing: Serve at room temperature (65ºF) with a well-marbled steak like a ribeye. This is also an excellent choice of wine with a filet mignon, braised beef short ribs, and roasted prime rib. Try with cheeses such as Swiss Gruyere, Comté, Taleggio and Beemster Classic. It also is an excellent choice to accompany chocolate desserts.

Varietal:100% Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

AVA: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma

Alcohol: 14.5%

Barrel Aging: 16 months in French and American Oak barrels

Aging Potential: Enjoy now through 2028

Serving Temperature: 18ºC/65ºF

Cases by Layer/Pallet: 14/56 (12, 750ml bottles/case)

Pedroncelli Cabernet Sauvignon Wisdom 2014

PEDRONCELLI CABERNET SAUVIGNON WISDOM 2014

Description and Flavor Profile: Longevity instills it in each generation. Sensing the right varietal and aspect of the vines is borne of a lifetime tilling the soil. Discerning and experienced hands craft the wine from vine to barrel to bottle and when these elements come together it is called Wisdom. A tribute to John Pedroncelli.

Located 2 miles west of the winery, we purchased the property in1965 and it is comprised of 5 acres on the west slope of the Dry Creek Valley along West Dry Creek Road. Planted to Cabernet Sauvignon since 1965, a recent replanting replaced 40 year old vines. Positioned well, it receives the sunlight and degree days needed to fully ripen Cabernet Sauvignon. The rocky loamy soil is a perfect place to put down roots. Just the right amount of fog rolls in each evening during the warm summer months to maintain the right combination to cool the vines and preserve the delicate balance between acid and sugar. 50 years of growing Cabernet on in this soil, in this microclimate brings unparalleled Wisdom.

A full bodied Cabernet Sauvignon with aromas of blackberry, sage and cedar. The rich flavors of ripe plum and dark berries with a touch of mocha and dried green herbs are woven throughout with creamy oak notes, smooth tannins and bright acidity. With reserve-style complexity and depth, this is a wine to enjoy now or age another 5–8 years.

The Process: 2014 was an ideal growing season with mild temperatures and opportune warming trends to ripen grapes to full maturity. The fruit quality were exceptional. Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from this block were harvested the last week of September and a small block of estate Petit Verdot (4%) was included. After destemming, the grapes are cold soaked for 48 hours, then inoculated with Bordeaux yeast strain and fermented in a small stainless steel tank, pumping the fermenting juice over the cap daily, for extraction of color, tannins and flavor. The wine is then pressed, stored and a few months later transferred to small French oak barrels for aging. Nineteen months gave the wine a mellow quality and added complexity. An additional 12 months in the bottle before release brings an especially smooth quality to the wine.

Pairing: Serve at room temperature (65ºF) with a well-marbled steak like a ribeye. This is also an excellent choice of wine with a filet mignon, braised beef short ribs, and roasted prime rib. Try with cheeses such as Swiss Gruyere, Comté, Taleggio and Beemster Classic. It also is an excellent choice to accompany chocolate desserts.

Varietal: 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot

AVA: Dry Creek Valley Estate Vineyard, Sonoma County

Barrel Aging: 19 months in French Oak barrels, 40% new oak

Alcohol: 14.49%

Aging Potential: Enjoy now through 2020

Serving Temperature: 18ºC/65ºF

Cases by Layer/Pallet: 28/112 (6, 750ml bottles/case)

Pedroncelli

PEDRONCELLI "FOUR GRAPES" VINTAGE PORT 2012

Description and Flavor Profile: The grapes for this dessert wine came from Pedroncelli’s estate vineyard in Dry Creek Valley. The four acre vineyard was established in 1995. The following Port varietals are included with an acre each: Tinta Madeira, Tinta Cao, Touriga Nacional, and Souzao. Each varietal matures at a slightly different rate but are picked at the same time. They are harvested as a field blend so that certain of the varieties contribute acid, color and flavor components. This is our twenty third vintage produced at Pedroncelli.

Ripe blackberry and warm baking spice aromas lead to a delicious dessert wine with dense, rich toffee and sweet plum flavors. A complex Port, well-balanced between the sugar and alcohol with a lingering finish. Cellar note: Although ready to drink now, this port will benefit from aging for the next 10 years.

The Process:It was an ideal growing season with mild temperatures and opportune heat spikes to get the grapes to full maturity. Yields and fruit quality were exceptional. Harvested the second week of October, the blocks are picked and brought into the winery, destemmed, and crushed. Yeast is added to start the fermentation; it continues for several days until the fermentation is stopped by adding neutral grape spirits. The addition of spirits (also known as fortification) ceases the fermentation and just the right amount of residual sugar is left. The young wine is then aged in seasoned American oak barrels for four years, during which the wine softens and matures adding oak notes and complexity.

Pairing: Great with chocolate torte, pecan pie, or a hazelnut tart. As for cheese, try Stilton or Parmesan-Reggiano.

Varietal: Tinta Madeira, Tinta Cao, Touriga Nacional, and Souzao

AVA: Dry Creek Valley

Alcohol: 19%

Aging Potential: Enjoy now through 2023

Serving Temperature: 18ºC/65ºF

Cases by Layer/Pallet: (12, 500ml bottles/case)