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Full and ripe, this is the perfect Califronian red for sharing. A clever blend of merlot, syrah and zinfandel there is a delightful raspberry and vanilla nose, with a juicy, soft, ripe and full body of blackberries and mocha that lasts on the finish.
Product Code: US9261
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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.
The US wine industry was shaken by Prohibition in the 1920s and 1930s, and though there were some post-Prohibition producers of note it was not until the 1960s that a number of new kid-on-the-block winemakers began to explore and demonstrate the true potential of its regions.California was the first new world region to be recognised internationally as a source of top-quality wines. The late Robert Mondavi is credited with educating Americans on the benefits of good wine and good food, and the pristine, visitor-friendly wineries in California, particularly in Napa, are now the model for wine tourism across the world. California has been stereotyped as a producer of big, blockbuster-style reds and fat, oaky whites, and while these wines do exist, elegance and subtlety also play their part, helped by the cool Pacific winds and fog that blow in from the west and are sucked into the valleys by the warm air there, with a cooling effect on vineyards as far as 50 miles inland. These fogs burn off in the heat of the morning sun so there is no risk of Sauternes-like botrytis here.The most appetising styles come from these cooler regions close to the cold Pacific inshore currents or linked to it by valleys that allow the passage of its moderating influence. Soils across California are varied and wines are made on many different latitudes along its length so this Pacific air conditioning system is perhaps the key defining feature of viticulture in the state. For example, the state’s Central Valley, a fertile agricultural heartland where citrus, orchard fruit and many other crops are grown, receives hardly any of this influence and is better known as a bulk producer of grapes for so called jug wines or the very big wine brands. Napa and Sonoma are two regions that dominate Californian wine, but other regions have gained an excellent reputation, particularly those south of San Francisco, such as Paso Robles, Monterey, Santa Cruz Mountains and Santa Maria Valley, the last of which is closer to Los Angeles than it is San Francisco but where there are vineyard areas cooler than in the Napa Valley thanks to that Pacific influence. California's star red grape varieties are cabernet sauvignon and zinfandel, with good support from pinot noir, chardonnay and a number of Rhône varieties, too, though there is a willingness to experiment and many more varieties are coming on stream.The majority of wine-producing areas are now regulated by a local appellation system called AVAs or American Viticultural Areas. These AVAs are not as stringent in their controls on vine growing and wine production as those of the European Union, specifying only the geographical location of the area in question and requiring that any wines labelled as AVA must be made using 85% of grapes from that area. No limitations are imposed on the grape varieties grown, the yields produced, or how they are made into wine. To qualify for AVA status petitioners must show that the area under consideration is well known, that there are distinct climatic and geographical features that set it apart and that the boundaries have a historical basis. This is clearly no appellation controlée system as they have in France but it is a beginning.
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Daily Record (8th Feb 2020)
"California does wine
blending well although the results can often be rich, bold - and quite dear.
However, this merlot, zinfandel and syrah blend is not just well priced but
also has only moderate texture. It is centred on smooth plum and sloe fruit
supported by nutty, clove, sage and chocolate elements, good acidity but
limited tannin. Don't be fooled by its apparent gentleness though, there is
14.5% alcohol here. - Brian Elliott"
"Fruity, spicy, smooth full-bodied red. Just enjoyed it with Parma ham pizza and garlic bread and it worked very well! Have a soft spot for this wine having visited the winery a few years ago. Had forgotten how much we enjoyed it and am delighted to rediscover it. Great value for a Sonoma County wine. Will be buying more. Please keep stocking this!"
Mrs Helen Daniels (19-Jul-2019)
"Tried this last night and I agree with the previous two reviews. Easy drinking red with lots of fruit - nothing in particular to distinguish it but nothing particularly negative either. For my tastes, there are better (but different) WS reds at this price point. "
Mrs Sarah-Lynn Spruzen (17-Feb-2019)
"I agree with Mr Butcher in that it is an easy to enjoy wine. It’s reminiscent of a quality northern Italian wine with little if any oak or tannins but a very pleasant cherry flavour in background.
After a couple of hours it does open more and for £9.50 I think well worth the money"
Mr Royston Beale (27-Dec-2018)
"Pretty good but a teeny bit flabby.
Overall this is an easy wine to enjoy, just a little to "Californian" if you know what I mean... lots of fruit, but lacks that bit of bite (acidity, oak) to be great.
An easy going wine for a party."
Mr Tony Butcher (14-Nov-2018)
"I’ve seen the other reviews - and thank goodness we are all different.
For me this wine was a huge disappointment and over-priced.
With so many alternatives, I will not re-order.
Always worth trying something new, you win some, you lose some!"
Mr Martin Swallow (14-Mar-2018)
Mr Jamie Birkett (13-Feb-2018)
"Bought a bottle of this in last order. Found it excellent value for the cost and buying again today!"
Mr John West (23-Nov-2017)
"This was my first taste from wine society! And it was worth it - clever subtle wine with depth and for the price real value. Nice way to start. Would recommend."
Dr Richard Rooke (22-Nov-2017)
"I wouldn't regard this as full bodied but I do consider it excellent, in fact quite subtle, be careful not to pair it with anything too spicy but it is delicious and I will buy again..."
Mr Gerry Hegarty (12-Sep-2017)
"Really nice wine with bite. The nose smooth, with dark herbs (rosemary ) and leather. The taste isn't terribly full bodied, but quite acidic, and you can taste the alcohol. I got blackberries and liquorice, and good tannins for a finish"
Mr Matthew Utting (06-Nov-2017)
"Fruity and full of flavour. We'd definitely buy it again."
Ms Vicki Worsley (02-Apr-2017)
"My kind of red wine, fruity, savoury, satisfying with a lingering finish. Delicious. Terrific value for money"
Dr Brian Carr (14-Jul-2016)
"I tried this on the strength of other reviews. I concur with the favourable reviews but friends who prefer claret and those who prefer a more "in your face" varietal new world wine were less than impressed (also based on £7.95 per bottle). Personally I prefer a more muted wine with gentler varietal tones which this mix gives, compared to the very cough mixturey Oz reds say. I didn't get any oakiness though. I enjoyed it."
Mr Bernard J Barton (12-Jul-2016)
"Fabulous bottle of red, drunk on a Tuesday evening with a smile. It is big and robust and extremely drinkable. We should have decanted first and stopped ourselves from opening a second. Will be buying a case next time. Thanks very much to the wine society."
Mr Benjamin Morgan (01-Mar-2016)
"I really liked this wine. The alcohol, as mentioned in a previous review, is 14% but it is well balanced without any alcoholic burn that sometimes taints these sort of wines.
I found it to be very similar to the Ravenswood zinfandel that's on The Society's list. In fact, if I was to blind taste it, I think I could easily be convinced it's predominantly zin rather than merlot.
Not a serious wine, but a good match for tomato-based dishes, steak or just on its own at the end of a long day. Another Society winner in my book."
Mr Kieran Hynes (17-Jan-2016)
"A smooth and complex wine but in my mind far too concentrated - both in terms of flavour and alcohol concentration (14.2%) Certainly not a subtle wine. Bought as part of a USA case, I will not be buying more. Now what to do with the second bottle?"
Dr Paul Stockbridge (13-Dec-2015)
"We enjoyed the 2012 vintage very much as it had a pleasant vanilla flavour without much oak . This reminded us of the first bottle of Napa Valley wine we tasted in Calistoga many years ago. The 2013 vintage however seems to have a much oakier taste, without the gentle vanilla."
Mrs Margaret McGregor (05-Oct-2015)
"My first bottle of this from a case of 12 passed me by without really noticing it. However, when I opened a second bottle I thought OMG, no way am I going to share this with friends. Its all Mine! Far to nice to share;-) Having nearly finished a case of this wine [1 left] I would in general agree with all the positive reviews of this offering. However, one or two bottles did appear to fall short of the mark displayed by the rest."
Mr Andrew Chadwick (29-Jul-2015)
"I'm with the previous reviewer. Good value, tasty, food friendly & unpretentious. I will be ordering more to drink with summer BBQs."
Mr Matthew Huntingford (07-Jun-2015)
"Surprisingly mixed reviews. We think this is a great value, easy drinking medium-full bodied red. It's a nice round wine with enough complexity, controlled tannin and fruit to keep it interesting and for £7.95 a bottle it's stonking good value. I will be going back for more."
Mr Paul Everett (12-Apr-2015)
"Like Mr Coope, based on reviews and an offer, I nearly bought a case. In the end I decided to get one bottle first to check. Thank goodness. Meh."
Mr Jonathan Rippon (30-Jan-2015)
"I think I must be drinking a different wine from everyone else. On the basis off 'expert opinion' (but even Homer nodded) I bought a case. What a mistake ! The wine seems tart and 'mongrel-like',..neither fish nor fowl and lacking in warmth. I rather wish the Pedroncellis had left this in California for their friends only and not visited it upon us. Can only suggest that your tasting panel should re-evaluate. I'll return to Lascar etc with some relief. Very disappointing indeed and vanilla must be elsewhere than in my batch !
A bargain it isn't."
Mr John Coope (26-Jan-2015)
"It is such a delight to find a good value Californian red in the UK. A characteristic merlot with good fruit and more depth than I had expected. Good value at the standard price, but an absolute steal at the January case price offer, so I had to have one!"
Mr Peter Holpin (22-Jan-2015)
"I bought this wine based on previous reviews ; mainly member's reviews. I was not disappointed. The wine met every expectation. I drank it with steak pie and found the match superb. As a Scot let me say that my New Year's Day dinner will be enhanced by a toast of Lagavullin and a bottle of Pedroncelli...."
Mr Hugh Hayburn (12-Dec-2014)
"Very Californian - and the bottle encourages you not to take it too seriously. My idea of easy drinking."
Mr Peter J Brennan (02-Dec-2014)
"Full of blackberry fruit and smooth on the palate but not like Ribena for adults, this has depth and richness of flavour and a nice warmth from the alcohol. One of my first forays in to Californian Red, I really like it and will be buying again."
Mr Adam Stockwell (01-Oct-2014)
"Black currant and vanilla I don't get. Jammy plummy fruit I do get. Merlot in a good way, this is very good value wine."
Mr Jon Milton (14-Sep-2014)
"Lots of fruit and weight but avoid it if you don't like the vanilla-laden thing that lots of Californian wines show. This has plenty. I really like it, though, and think the vanilla is balanced out by other drying qualities. Really good value."
Mr Ben Probert (30-Aug-2014)
Olive (1st Mar 2015)
"This glorious blend
of merlot, syrah and zinfandel is made with a bit of oak, but it doesn't
dominate. - Victoria Moore"
Hampstead & Highgate Express (17th Jul 2014)
fresh-fruit-lead vinosity and a food-welcoming dry finish. - Liz Sagues"
JancisRobinson.com (24th Jun 2014)
"Lots of character and
hand-crafted from relatively old vines! That rarity, a California bargain. And
with a specific origin too. Very good value. - Jancis Robinson"
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