Pedroncelli Mother Clone Zinfandel 2018, Dry Creek Valley, California

Pedroncelli’s Zinfandel vineyards are located on the hillsides surrounding the winery, on the ranch originally purchased by Giovanni Pedroncelli in 1927 and planted to Zinfandel since 1904. The vines are head-pruned and hand picked. They were cloned from the original ‘Mother’ vines, of which 1/4 of an acre exist today, and fruit from these 100 year old vines in included in the blend. Crushed grapes go to a fermentation tank to cold soak for 48 hours and then inoculated with selected yeast. The cellar crew performed daily pumpovers to extract color and flavor from the skins. The wine was aged in American oak barrels for 12 months. A touch of Petite Sirah (10%) adds depth of color and brings structure to the Zinfandel fruit. “Aromas of ripe raspberries, blackberries and a touch of warm baking spices. This Zin is plump. Jammy berry flavors combine with a touch of black pepper spice, notes of vanilla and toasty oak. The spice-berry dynamic so typical of Dry Creek Zin combines round tannins and a long, toasty oak and spicy finish which are a hallmark of our style. ” – From the Winery