October 2020 Wine Club Red

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In 1927 John Pedroncelli, Sr. purchased a vineyard and a small winery in the Dry Creek Valley of California’s Sonoma County. The vineyards and wineries have grown in the past 93 years but the family’s dedication to creating exceptional wines has remained a constant. Today the business is owned by the fourth generation of Pedroncellis, and is under the guidance of head winemaker Montse Reece, only the third head winemaker and the first woman winemaker at Pedroncelli.

The 2017 Cabernet Franc is made from estate grapes in a vineyard situated on a bench above the valley floor. The soil and location of the vineyard, with its own microclimate, impart a unique flavor to the grapes. The vineyard is sustainably farmed, hand pruned, and hand harvested.

The 2017 vintage benefited from the plentiful rains in the beginning of the year followed by a warm summer that intensified the aromatics and flavors of the grapes. The crushed grapes were transferred to the fermentation tank to cold soak for 24 hours and were then inoculated with selected yeast. Daily pump-overs gave the wine maximum phenolic extraction. The wine then spent 17 months in French oak barrels before being bottled. The additional time in oak softened the tannins and complex layers were developed in the finished wine.

This wine has a fragrant bouquet of cherry, mint, dried herbs, and black pepper. On the palate there are flavors of red cherry, spicy oak, cinnamon, and a hint of nutmeg. The finish is long and spicy, framed by soft tannins and toasty oak notes.

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