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Pedroncelli Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

Red Wine from USA - California
3.333330000 star rating 3 Reviews
One of the best-value California cabernets we try each year. Textbook cedar and cassis notes on the nose, with leather, violets, and blackberry on the well-structured palate.This is a great Sunday roast staple.
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Code: US9871

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Full-bodied
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Now to 2025
  • 14% Alcohol
  • oak used but not v. noticeable
  • Cork, natural
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North America buyer Sarah Knowles MW on a great-value California cabernet from the family-owned Pedroncelli winery. Video transcript

Video transcript

Pedroncelli Dry Creek Valley Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2018 

Pedroncelli, based in Sonoma County, California, are a bit of a rarity in a number of ways. They were established in 1927, so had to survive the last few years of Prohibition, and they’re also still family owned. Amazingly, they also are known for making great-value wines which in this region is a little bit of a rarity. And this cabernet is definitely one of those. Picked from three different vineyards across their holdings all in Sonoma County, and in fact within the appellation of Dry Creek Valley, the cabernet here has a great nose. Lots of cassis, plum, blackberry and lovely black-fruited flavours come through very easily. It’s got great structure and those classic cabernet tannins, as well as nice refreshing acidity, a very gentle balanced little oak note, a vanilla that supports those black-fruit flavours; and this would be a perfect match with Sunday roast beef.


This family winery was founded by Giovanni and Julia Pedroncelli in 1927, and is now run by their son Jim following the death of his brother John in early 2015. Jim is assisted by their children and the fourth generation of the family is already waiting in the wings.

Situated in California’s Sonoma County, the vineyard, winery and homestead are all located in Dry Creek Valley, an area to the west of Geyserville which is widely recognized as one of California’s great vineyard regions.

The family’s vineyards are on the eastern benches and hillsides, where well-drained gravelly soils help concentrate varietal character. The family has been purchasing new vineyards when available over the last 90 years, and now has 105 acres (42 ha), which are planted with zinfandel, cabernet sauvignon, petite sirah, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and many more, including the traditional port varieties.

The grapes are all harvested by hand to ensure that only the healthiest fruit is selected. The wines are fermented plot by plot in stainless-steel tanks and, if aged, are put into predominantly American oak barrels. The winemaking is fairly traditional and ‘hands off’, with the aim of achieving balanced wines that reflect the Dry Creek Valley.

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