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Pedroncelli Sangiovese Dry Creek Valley Alto Vineyards 2005

Winemaker's Notes:

Harvest of our Sangiovese took place the first week of October. The grapes were crushed into stainless steel fermentors and fermented for 10 days. The cap was pumped over periodically to enhance the color, flavor and intensity in the wine. The wine was aged in seasoned American oak barrels for twenty one months and developed additional smoothness and complexity through this process. We age our Sangiovese in seasoned barrels to allow the fruit aromas and flavors to shine through. For depth of color and flavor, we blended in a portion of Cabernet Franc and Petite Sirah.

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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

Editorial Reviews for Pedroncelli Sangiovese Dry Creek Valley Alto Vineyards

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065214,072
4.50 5
12/08/2008

This has a great raw character, it’s a bit too woody but the light sour cherry,spice, herb and fruit notes are both intense and distinctive. There is a stoniness that is mouth watering and lovely notes of mushroom and watermelon accents the fruit. Lean on entry with great acidity and a nice mineral cut to the cherry pie filling fruit. Impressive length and surprisingly complex with herb and spice notes, Perhaps a touch rustic though the good acids and tannins are well balanced, excellent austerity with a zest cherry finish. This has real Sangiovese character though many might want more body and a bit less herbal character. 91pts


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Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
3.50 5
04/21/2009

A robust meaty nose of ethyls and animal flesh. Its rich, layered with licorice and baked fruits and has a slightly tart, but solid finish. There's a lot of raw minerality, and even some delicate violet notes after the power has died away. A real bargain for $12!


4.00 5
04/21/2009

Color me impressed. There's bunches of cherries and spice on the nose. Flavors are balanced, with creaminess and acidity. The cherry is joined with a hint of red berries, some licorice, tree bark and a clump of earth for good measure. Great value.


Snooth User: Chris Carpita
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4.00 5
04/21/2009

Interesting and bossy character. Goes down with a likeliness of lemongrass, spearmint, and black pepper. Forward with the black and blue berries.


Snooth User: solomania9
63312,961
3.00 5
04/21/2009

Leathery and gritty on the nose. Chewy and spicy in the mouth with an acidity that really crept up on me. The finish is long and enjoyable but this feels like it sets off on a journey and never quite gets there.


External Reviews for Pedroncelli Sangiovese Dry Creek Valley Alto Vineyards

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Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Tasting NotesThe color a deep purple-red hue, our Sangiovese offers rich aromas of black raspberry, cherry and violets. The texture is full-bodied with flavors of berry, cranberry and pomegranate mixed with moderate tannins. The finish is full-flavored and zesty, with mouth-filling notes of chocolate and spice.



Tasting Notes:

Deep purple-red in color. Ripe berry, black plum, and warm clove aromas highlight our Sangiovese. This wine is full flavored and balanced, with cherry, berry, and black pepper spice on the palate. Medium-bodied, our Sangiovese is framed by good fruit, well-integrated tannins and a long, full flavored finish.

Harvest of our Sangiovese took place the first week of October. The grapes were crushed into stainless steel fermentors and fermented for 10 days. The cap was pumped over periodically to enhance the color, flavor and intensity in the wine. The wine was aged in seasoned American oak barrels for twenty one months and developed additional smoothness and complexity through this process. We age our Sangiovese in seasoned barrels to allow the fruit aromas and flavors to shine through. For depth of color and flavor, we blended in a portion of Cabernet Franc and Petite Sirah.

Aged 21 months in American Oak.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.8% pH: 3.40
Total Acidity: 0.62 grams per liter

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