Pedroncelli Cabernet Sauvignon Block 007 Estate Vineyard 2016, Dry Creek Valley, California

The Pedroncelli family has lived and tended vines in the Dry Creek Valley since 1927. Since 1992, they have highlighted different vineyards and vineyard blends on their labels. The vineyards are assigned block numbers to identify them as they are planted. Block 007 refers to one portion of the vineyard located a mile west of the winery, on the eastern bench above Dry Creek and has caught the attention of their winemaking team because it consistently produces fruit of singular quality. Of the 105 acres Pedroncelli has planted to vineyard, 28 acres are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon. The vineyard land is well drained, right next to Canyon Creek, where it is gravelly and ideal for growing Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes were fermented in small capacity tanks, giving optimal skin/juice ratio and getting better extraction of flavor and color. Following fermentation and pressing, the young wine was transferred to small French and American oak barrels to age for 16 months with 35% new French oak. Ripe blackberry and plum aromas lead to touches of oregano, pepper and smoky oak. Berry flavors combine with tobacco and dried herbs, typical of the Dry Creek Valley terroir. A long earthy finish with lasting fruit is simply elegant. Good acidity and medium tannins lead to great aging potential. Obviously this wine has no connection to a world famous British Special Agent. It’s simply the name of a vineyard block…Sauvignon, Cabernet Sauvignon.