Pedroncelli Winery 'Barrel Select' Dry Creek Valley Red Blend 2013
By Jonathan H. Newman*
Pedroncelli Barrel Select Sonoma Valley, Dry Creek Valley 2013 Red Blend
UNIT SIZE: 750.00 ml
VARIETAL: Red Blend
GRAPE: Petite Sirah, Sangiovese, Merlot, Zinfandel, Syrah
COUNTRY: United States
APPELLATION: Dry Creek Valley
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 14.30%
SPECIAL DESIGNATION: Value Buy
Jim Pedroncelli is the ultimate, hardworking, affable Sonoma Valley winemaker who has been making great wine for well over half a Century. He is universally highly regarded as one of the Deans of winemaking in the Dry Creek Valley. The Winery dates back to 1927 and has a vast history both pre and post Prohibition that emulates the very best of the Valley. Jim has been at the family Winery since 1955 and the wines keep getting better vintage after vintage while delivering incredible value for the price. 2013 is one of their best vintages on record and this delicious Red Blend is from their top hand selected lots. The Vineyards for this blend are grown next to some nice wineries including Ferrari-Carano, Ridge, Quivira and Sbragia. A compelling Quality to Price Ratio with a particularly outstanding taste profile for the price. A reserve tier wine of their most choice barrels of Petite Sirah, Merlot, Sangiovese, Syrah and Zinfandel to make for a consumer friendly taste profile. Nicely concentrated with dark cherries, black raspberries, chocolate and plums with touches of cinnamon, mocha and blueberry. Good depth and persistence on the palate, with a very pleasant finish. Pair with Steak frites, Grilled shish kebobs, Yankee Pot Roast, or Chicken Enchilidas with a Mole sauce.
By 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.
-From selling grapes to home winemakers during prohibition in order to keep the vineyards going,
-To growing a small base of business during the 1930s and 1940s,
-To the second generation joining their father: son John becoming winemaker in 1948 followed by Jim in 1955 as sales director,
-To 1963 when the winery was officially purchased by John and Jim from their father,
-To growing the line of wines in the 1960s with vineyard expansion and diversification,
-To the boom time of the 1970s and 1980s along with many changes and additions to our sales base including national sales and export,
-The third generation coming on board and vineyard replanting in the 1990s
-To the 21st century where the fourth generation is coming up the ranks... and it is still a family owned business.
[Information provided by J.H.N.]
*Jonathan Newman was Wine Enthusiasts’ Man of the Year. He also was Chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, and received national recognition in Marvin Shanken’s Market Watch Magazine and many other international wine publications. He was also awarded the Guild of Sommeliers highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Newman's reviews have been published and quoted extensively online and in print. He travels extensively to many of the major wine growing regions and evaluates many of the wines we source from smaller and boutique wineries. We interact closely with him and the result is his rejection rate of over 96% of the wines evaluated.