Pedroncelli Cabernet Sauvignon Block 007 Estate Vineyard 2017, 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. Harvest 2017 started with a good growing season including plenty of rain
and later on warm temperatures which enhanced the flavors and set the maturation off to a very good start. Extreme heat at the beginning of September accelerated ripening. Cabernet Sauvignon can handle high temperatures and the vintage shows high concentration of flavors. The grapes were picked on September 27. The juice and berries are cold soaked for 48 hours and then inoculated with the Bordeaux yeast strain. Fermentation in our small capacity temperature controlled stainless steel tank gave optimal skin/juice ratio and better extraction of flavor and color. The young wine was transferred to small American oak barrels to age for eighteen months with 30% new oak. Dark ruby in the glass the aromas of dried herbs (thyme, oregano) with ripe blackberry and plum notes typical of this vineyard’s personality. Berry flavors combine with toasty oak, pepper and a touch of vanilla. A long earthy finish with lasting fruit is simply elegant. Good acidity and soft tannins lead to great aging potential.