Last week Vintage Wine Taster Mike and I visited the tasting room at Pedroncelli winery in Geyserville. The Pedroncelli Family has been operating their winery since 1927. Estate old-vine Zinfandel surrounds the winery on the eastern hillsides of Dry Creek just a few miles from Highway 101. Pedroncelli also has vineyards to the west in the valley portion of the Dry Creek AVA. All the Pedroncelli wines are very reasonable in price and the quality is very good. We suspect that the Pedroncelli overhead is low and that they have elected to keep their wine prices consumer friendly. Here is Vintage Wine Taster Mike’s reviews of a few of the Pedroncelli wines.
Pedroncelli Friends White Wine
Pedroncelli offers a lineup of wines that in my estimation are priced below what they are worth in quality. Their wines are a bargain hunter’s delight. The 2011 Friends Red is a sound buy at $10, though not the match of the 2010 Friends Red. The 2011 is a medium-bodied red with a mixed field blend with plenty of Zin and Syrah in the mix. You can purchase this wine at Weimax in Burlingame. 87pts.
The real winner in my opinion is the 2012 Pedroncelli Friends White wine. It is composed of Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc. This is a smaller version of the popular Caymus Conundrium that sells in the mid-$20 range. The Pedroncelli Friends White wine is stainless steel fermented and has a solid core of tropical aromas that translate into a totally wonderful character in the mouth. The wine pairs well with a wide array of foods. My suggestion is to get a bunch of this wine for the coming warm days of spring and summer. This is an all-occasion wine that meets the needs of drinkers at all levels. 89 Points for a $10 wine is a huge value. The first vintage of this wine was just introduced a couple of weeks ago, so it may not appear in wine shops for a few weeks. I am assuming that Gerald at Weimax will carry this refreshing and crisp wine.
Prodroncelli also produces a single-vineyard Zinfandel from the “Bushnell” vineyard and priced at only $20!!! It is well worth the money. The Bushnell Zinfandel is rich, medium bodied with lots of berry, cherry and earthy elements. The finish is long and totally Dry Creek. When is the last time you had a single- vineyard bottle of Dry Creek Zin for $20? This wine stands up to so many other higher priced wines and is a great gift to bring to dinner. I believe this wine is available only at the winery.
One way to develop your palate is to spend a day or two in the wine country tasting wine. Geyserville has tasting rooms in town as well as several wineries surrounding the area. See the Geyserville Wine Trail for suggestions. Don’t forget to bring along a spit cup.
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