Pedroncelli Cabernet Sauvignon Block 007 Estate Vineyard 2018, 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. Plenty of rain and an even handed growing season were the hallmarks of the 2018 harvest. The even and slow ripening of the grapes afforded the all-important hang time for great development in the fruit. With this slow maturity it rounded the tannins and elevated flavors and aromas. The block was picked on October 8. 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 40% new oak.
Enticing aromas of toasty oak, dried herbs, blackberry and plum notes are typical of this vineyard’s personality. Berry flavors combine with spicy black pepper and a touch of vanilla. A long earthy finish framed by toasted oak and lasting fruit is simply elegant. Good acidity and firm tannins lead to great aging potential.