Pedroncelli Cabernet Sauvignon Block 007 Estate Vineyard 2019, 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. 2019 vineyard: 100% Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. There was plenty of rain to kick off the growing season of 2019. A cool and even summer slowed maturity. Perfect weather conditions during harvest season with warm days and cool nights developed the fruit giving it time to slowly mature. 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. Tasting notes: Enticing aromas of toasty oak, dried herbs, and blackberry notes are typical of this vineyard’s personality. Berry flavors combine with spicy black pepper, cedar, and a touch of vanilla. A long toasty finish framed by minerality and bright acidity is simply elegant. Round tannins and great structure lead to marvelous aging potential.