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2008 Pedroncelli Morris Fay Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley $19

A bit of herb greets the nose along with a hint of chili accenting the  big deep core of black currant fruit. This is fresh with nice complexity featuring a dose of wood spice. Soft and rich in the mouth with youthful tannins that remain a bit angular though they are well covered by the red cherry fruit. This is rather big and round in the mouth, very smooth on the back end a fairly long with black raspberry and spice tones on the finish. The tannins really are lovely here, with their palate cleansing astringency and while no blockbuster this is pretty classic.  90pts

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  • Why do you recommend wines that are not available?

    Sep 28, 2011 at 4:03 PM


  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
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    Sometimes I taste wines before they are released, other times we may not have a wine avaialble from a participating retailer on Snooth but that does not mean the wine is not avaialble. Other time the wines are not available in your region. I get this question all the time from readers in Europe for example. Which wine do you find to be unavailable? The AVV? It's available directly from the winery for example, and K&L currently shows it in stock.

    Sep 28, 2011 at 4:18 PM


  • Snooth User: addieline
    841558 11

    Maybe there is one out there somewhere. I found one on a Raley's or Safeway shelf unusually, and bought it. It wasn't long ago that I could still buy this 2007 at Bevmo or Total Wine.

    Sep 28, 2011 at 4:22 PM


  • Snooth User: steve666
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    Pedroncelli available all over bay area, not sure about these two vineyard specific wines. The other three are at Costco. I agree that these are good buys. Costco has the Martini for 10.49.... I have bought it for years, but try to lay it up an additional 2-3 years to let it mellow out -- I prefer it to their Napa version which is $3-4 more, more approachable early on, but less body. Alexander Valley is good, just started drinking it, could use a few more years. Rodney Strong is about $12 at Costco, very drinkable. I also like Sebastiani, Simi Valley, etc from this price range in napa/sonoma. Also under $20 at Costco is BV Rutherford, and Starmont.

    Sep 28, 2011 at 4:59 PM


  • Snooth User: addieline
    841558 11

    The 2009 Alexander Valley Vineyard is listed but the 2007 vintage label is featured? I prefer the 2007; not available now.

    Sep 28, 2011 at 5:19 PM


  • Snooth User: steve666
    392767 152

    @addieline Most of these wines need a few years aging.... last night opened a petite sirah from 2006, hadn't had any for 18 months, much better now. In general, all medium to full bodied reds get better with age.....it just takes patience. Buy three bottles, drink one now, if not to your liking, put the other two away and forget about them. I started this way and now have 600 bottles in my stash; actually, been buying too much wine in the last few years.... wine instead of clothes.

    Sep 28, 2011 at 5:24 PM


  • I did have an opportunity to intern at Alexander Valley Vineyards under the watchful eye of Kevin Hall. I consider his Cabernet Sauv. to have a wonderfully floral nose!

    Sep 29, 2011 at 8:49 PM


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