Pedroncelli Sangiovese Dry Creek Valley Alto Vineyards 2003

Winemaker's Notes:

We pick the fruit at optimum ripeness—it is one of the first red varietals to be harvested each season. The grapes were crushed into stainless steel fermentors and fermented for 7 days. The cap was pumped over periodically to enhance the color, flavor and intensity in the wine. The wine was aged in American oak barrels for twelve months and developed additional smoothness and complexity through this process. We age our Sangiovese in seasoned oak barrels rather than adding new oak in order to allow the delicate and subtle fruit flavors to shine through. A touch of Merlot was blended in to heighten the fruit and color profile.

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J. Pedroncelli Winery:
Since 1927, when John Pedroncelli, Sr. purchased vineyard and a small winery in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley, two elements remain unchanged: the exceptional place the Pedroncelli family farms vineyards, and the family's dedication to making fine wines. John Pedroncelli began his winemaking career as a child working side by side with his father, John Sr. learning from the ground up. After ... Read more
Since 1927, when John Pedroncelli, Sr. purchased vineyard and a small winery in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley, two elements remain unchanged: the exceptional place the Pedroncelli family farms vineyards, and the family's dedication to making fine wines. John Pedroncelli began his winemaking career as a child working side by side with his father, John Sr. learning from the ground up. After World War II and his service in the US Coast Guard, he graduated from Santa Rosa Junior College and then attended many winemaking classes at University of California at Davis. John’s style is Pedroncelli’s style—wines that are flavorful and balanced to reflect the region’s characteristics—he allows the wines to speak for themselves. As a family winery who has farmed for 80 years in the Dry Creek Valley, we want the next generations to be able to continue farming in an environmentally sensitive way. The most important statement we can make about our wine is that we are here for the long term and protecting the environment is one way we will achieve that goal. At Pedroncelli Winery, we practice sustainable winegrowing and, over the years, we have been reducing water use, building healthy soil, and protecting the vineyard environment. This is a comprehensive approach to vineyard management that involves all aspects of farming including human resources, viticulture, soil management, water management, pest management, habitat management, and wine quality. Tasting Room Our tasting room is open 10am to 4:30pm daily, except major holidays. Read less
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Tasting Notes:

Multi-layered berry aromas with rose petal and leather in the background. The wine is sturdy and balanced, with blueberry jam, earthy mineral, and a hint of warm clove framing it. It is mediumbodied, with a relaxed mouthfeel, well-integrated tannins and a long, balanced finish. This Sangiovese will age well for 5-8 years.

We pick the fruit at optimum ripeness—it is one of the first red varietals to be harvested each season. The grapes were crushed into stainless steel fermentors and fermented for 7 days. The cap was pumped over periodically to enhance the color, flavor and intensity in the wine. The wine was aged in American oak barrels for twelve months and developed additional smoothness and complexity through this process. We age our Sangiovese in seasoned oak barrels rather than adding new oak in order to allow the delicate and subtle fruit flavors to shine through. A touch of Merlot was blended in to heighten the fruit and color profile.

1100 produced.

Aged 12 months in American Oak.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.3% pH: 3.29
Total Acidity: 0.675 grams per liter

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