Mother Clone Zinfandel
Now a second generation vineyard, replanted in the 1980s using selected budwood from old vines, our Mother Clone vineyard thrives on the hillsides surrounding the winery. A small portion of the original 100+ year old vines still contributes fruit and we also source old vine Zinfandel from neighboring vineyards just a couple of miles away. The vines are all head pruned, and hand picked. This unusually concentrated Zinfandel highlights ripe blackberry and spice notes and, as tradition has it, we blend in Petite Sirah for additional color and a high note of tannin.
Three Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
As the name indicates, three vineyards provided fruit for this blend: all estate grapes from our Dry Creek Valley bench vineyard located a mile west of the winery. Each vintage includes a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot or Malbec. Typical characteristics feature red currant, ripe berry and a slightly spicy touch in the aroma and flavors.
Wisdom Cabernet Sauvignon
Located 2 miles west of the winery, we purchased the property in the 1960s. Comprised of 5 acres on the west slope of the Dry Creek Valley along West Dry Creek Road we were the first to plant Cabernet Sauvignon in the valley. Planted since 1965, a recent replanting included the addition of Malbec. Positioned well, it receives the sunlight and degree days needed to fully ripen Cabernet Sauvignon. The rocky loamy soil is a perfect place to put down roots. 50 years of growing Cabernet in this soil and microclimate brings unparalleled Wisdom. Rich with ripe plum, berry and black pepper aromas and flavors that are woven into mellow tannins.
Block 007 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
We first planted Cabernet Sauvignon in the early 1960s and now have 18 acres on our estate. Block 007 was replanted in 1992-on the Scott Henry trellis system which splits the cordon arms into a double tier with the upper arm usually bearing about 3 tons of grapes per acres while the lower arm bears about 2 tons per acre. This achieves optimum ripeness and the vineyard is well drained, right next to Canyon Creek where it is gravelly with the ideal growing conditions for this full bodied wine. Ripe red currant aromas with plum and warm spice flavors.
Bench Vineyards Merlot
The name of these vineyards describes the natural terraces flanking the Dry Creek Valley floor and rising gradually (2-9%) into the hills. The fruit for our Merlot is from estate vineyard planted a mile west of the winery. This vineyard produces a lush and smooth wine with black cherry, berry and spicy pepper aromas and flavors.
East Side Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc
Sauvignon Blanc is considered one of Dry Creek Valley's hallmark varietals. East Side refers to vineyards planted along Dry Creek where the vines on this side of the valley receive the full influence of sun with a balance of cool nights to maintain balance in the wine. Grapefruit, melon, and a hint of grassiness outline the aromas and it is crisp and full flavored on the finish.
Alto Vineyard Sangiovese
This Italian varietal grows on terraced estate hillsides just west of the winery. With the well-drained soils of these hills and the unique micro-climate, the location suits Sangiovese well. The wine is redolent of cranberry, leather and spice aromas, all blending nicely on the palate.
Family Vineyards Petite Sirah
This richly flavored grape has been grown in the area for over 100 years. Pedroncelli's estate vineyard was planted in 1990 and thrives on a hillside west of the winery. The "Family" connection is the Bushnell vineyard, a source of Znfandel as well as Petite Sirah and grown by niece Carol Bushnell and her husband Jim. Full flavors of black cherry, ripe blackberry and black pepper are at the heart of this full-bodied red wine.
Four Grapes Vintage Port
The grapes for this dessert wine come from Pedroncelli's estate vineyard in Dry Creek Valley. The four acre vineyard was planted in 1995 with these traditional Port varietals: Tinta Madeira, Tinta Cao, Touriga Nacional, and Souzao. They are harvested as a field blend and each of the varieties contribute acid, color and flavor components.
F. Johnson Vineyard Chardonnay & Signature Selection Chardonnay
Situated along the southern boundary of Dry Creek Valley, near the confluence of Dry Creek and the Russian River, this family-owned vineyard has provided Chardonnay grapes to Pedroncelli for over 20 years. The location's cool microclimate and well-drained soils consistently produce Chardonnays of uncommon finesse, depth and complexity. For our Vintage Selection Chardonnay we blend fruit from the Johnson vineyard as well as the Akerlind vineyard. Each wine retains aromas and flavors of citrus, apple and honeydew melon, the single vineyard Chardonnay is 100% barrel fermented with the added toasty oak complexity.
Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Our Pinot Noir comes from vineyard sources located just 12 miles south of the winery in the cool Russian River Valley where climate, soil, the right amount of fog and sun work together to create an excellent wine that is elegant and smooth. Red cherry and warm clove spice frame the wine and leads to delicate cherry-berry flavors and a bit of toasted oak for a well rounded finish.
Bushnell Vineyard Zinfandel
Located on the eastern bench of Dry Creek Valley, the 14-acre Bushnell Vineyard has been closely associated with the Pedroncellis for over 50 years. Winery founder John Sr. purchased the property (planted to Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Carignane ) in the early 1940s. The vineyard was passed along to son-in-law Al Pedroni in the 1950's. Al's daughter Carol Bushnell inherited the vineyard in 1990 and she and her husband Jim tend the vineyard, now planted to second-generation Zinfandel and Petite Sirah. Their Zinfandel is elegant in style with unique Dry Creek characteristics of ripe blackberry and black pepper spice.
Planting cover crops improve the land, natural fertility, control erosion and host beneficial insects. Barley, oats, and bell beans are all grown naturally and are chopped and turned into the soil to replenish nitrogen and oxygen and naturally prevent soil compaction.
No Synthetic Pesticides
Synthetic pesticides are not used on our Home Ranch vineyards. Cover crops provide habitat to attract beneficial insects that prey on insect pests.
Hand Pruning and Harvesting
Where possible, all pruning, thinning and harvesting on our home ranch is done by hand reducing carbon emissions from mechanical equipment. Insect pests. mildew and bunch rot are reduced through leaf removal and canopy management thus reducing the need for synthetic fungicides.
Compost of grape pomace, vineyard prunings, and other mature organic materials are spread in the vineyard to replenish the soil and stems are spread on roadways for erosion control.
Hillside vineyards are terraced and drainage is engineered to minimize water erosion.
Insect pests, powdery mildew and bunch rot are reduced through leaf removal and canopy management thus reducing the need for synthetic fungicides.