awards-hero.png

What our friends have to say

Wine Spectator Smart Buys: 60 Go-To Wineries

The Daily Meal Gabe Sasso chimes in at the 90 year mark.

Press Democrat Feature: From polenta to port, Pedroncelli Winery
shares three generations of family recipes.

Wine Spectator's Tim Fish tells the story Feature Article

Great Tastes, Bargains Too

Press Democrat Article featuring our family donations to the Smithsonian Museum of American History

 

  • Zinfandel, Bushnell Vineyard

    • 2016

      • Wine Enthusiast Best of 2018

        “This is an intensely jammy, rich, 100% varietal wine that’s rich and thick with elements of barbecue, grilled meat and Italian deli. It finishes in vanilla oak and black pepper.” 88 points 
        —REVIEWED BY EDITOR VIRGINIE BOONE
        printable

      • Wine Spectator December 15 2018

        89 Points: "Broad and briary, showing raspberry and pomegranate flavors, with underbrush and licorice accents, finishing with zesty tannins." Tim Fish printable

      • Tasters Guild Consumer's Wine Judging

        Double Gold Medal

      • Sonoma County Harvest Fair Awards Competition

        Double Gold Medal

      • International Women's Wine Competition

        Gold Medal & 91 Points

      • Orange County Commercial Wine Competition

        Gold Medal & 92 Points

      • California Zinfandel Championship Awards

        Gold Medal

      • The Tasting Panel

        92 Points

    • 2015

      • Wine Spectator 91 points!

        Briary and full of verve, with wild berry, mocha and orange zest aromas that lead to lively black cherry and licorice flavors.
        Drink now through 2023. 1,000 cases made.—T.F.

        Advance of 12/31/17 issue

      • Sunset International Wine Competition

        Gold Medal printable

      • Orange County Wine Society Wine Competition

        Gold Medal

  • Zinfandel, Courage

    • 2016

      • Harvest Challenge 2018

        Double Gold Medal & Best of Class & 93 Points

      • Wine Spectator 92 points

        92 POINTS
        “A zesty, vibrant red, with briary dark berry, licorice and bitter chocolate flavors that build richness toward lively tannins.”
        —TIM FISH, EDITOR printable 

  • Zinfandel, Mother Clone

    • 2016

      • The Fifty Best

        Double Gold Medal

      • Wine Spectator

        89 Points: "Ripe and zesty, with savory blackberry, bitter chocolate and meaty smoked pepper flavors." Tim Fish

    • 2015

      • Wine Enthusiast 93 pts, Editor's Choice

        93 Pedroncelli 2015 Mother Clone Zinfandel
        (Dry Creek Valley). This wine is aged in American oak and blended with 12% Petite Sirah. Concentrated blackberry fruit rides a foundation of soft, silky and well-integrated succulence, with touches of leather saddle, black pepper, smoke and brick. While full bodied, it manages to drink light on its 
        feet. Editors’ Choice. —V.B. printable

      • Wine Spectator

        Tim Fish's Recommended California Zinfandels & Top Value, June 30, 2018

      • Wine Spectator 88pts

        A big, burly red, with potent blackberry, smoked pepper
        and licorice flavors. Drink now through 2022.
        —Tim Fish 
        printable

      • Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition

        Gold Medal

      • Tasters Guild Consumer Judging

        Gold Medal

  • Cabernet Sauvignon, Wisdom Estate Vineyard

    • 2014

      • The Sommelier Company 91pts

        2014 “Wisdom” Cabernet Sauvignon, Pedroncelli

        Immediately upon opening, this Dry Creek Cabernet showed clear,
        distinct aromas of dark fruit and rich cassis over a medley of piquant
        spices and an enduring, fresh menthol. The nose changed little across
        hours, except to draw its aromas into a more tightly-woven, integrated
        whole... read on

      • International Women's Wine Competition

        Double Gold Medal

      • Orange County Commercial Wine Competition

        Gold Medal & 92 Points

      • The Fifty Best

        Gold Medal

      • Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences

        This Cabernet Sauvignon blend from a careful selection of the winery’s own property is the best red wine the family-owned property has ever made. Loaded with a solid core of varietal character and traces of French oak aging notes, it carries all of the richness one could want in an otherwise structured (3.69 pH) red wine. The winery, now celebrating its 90th anniversary (!), has never charged this much for a wine, but it is completely justified by the taste and potential. A simply terrific wine and a very fair price. Best in six to 10 more years. Printable

      • California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition, 2017

        91 points

      • Jefferson Cup Invitational Wine Competition

        Double Gold Medal

      • Harvest Challenge Wine Competition

        Gold Medal

      • Rockin' Red Blog

        96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot; deep ruby with violet hues; medium aromas of black cherry, plum, blackberry, black raspberry, all slightly stewed, dried herbal notes intermingle with dried rose petals, sweet baking spice, dusty cocoa, black pepper, leather, dusty earth, minerality; lush mouth-feel, volumptous new world style, highly approachable, balanced with medium+ acidity and tannins that are slightly dusty, full-body, long finish. Read more

      • Taster's Guild International Wine Competition

        Gold Medal

    • 2012

      • Gold Medals, Points, and Awards

        • Double Gold Medal and 95 Points: San Francisco International Wine Competition
        • Double Gold, Chairman's Best of Class and Sweepstakes Nominee: Long Beach Grand Cru
        • 1 *puff*/recommended: Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
        • 88+ Points: WineLinesOnline Read More »
        • 90 Points & Gold Medal: World Wine Championships Read More »
        • Award of Excellence (Gold Medal): The Jefferson Cup Wine Competition

  • Cabernet Sauvignon, Three Vineyards

    • 2015

      • Wine Review Online

        92 Points: “Year after year Pedroncelli produces solid, satisfying, and often sumptuous wines, especially the reds.  The winery’s Zinfandels rank among the best anywhere, and its Cabernets do not lag far behind.  This wine, for example, tastes classic.  It is beautifully proportioned, with no element in excess, and a beautiful sense of balance that extends from the bouquet through the finish.  If they’re honest, not many over $100 Napa Cabernets can say the same.” Paul Lukacs, WineReviewOnline.com

      • Wine of the Week: Highly Recommended, Press Democrat

        "This Cab definitely over-delivers with generous fruit and bright acidity. It's layered with herbs and spiced and lightly toasted. It's approachable and budget-savvy. It's a cab for the people." Peg Melnik

    • 2014

      • Wine Spectator top 100 Values

        88pts "California Pure, rich and focused, this red offers mint and bay leaf notes shaded by currant and blackberry nuances, with full, round tannins."James Laube  click here for article

      • James Laube's Recommended California Cabernets, Top Values

        "Pure, rich, focused, with a charming core of mint and bay leaf." James Laube, 88 Points

      • The Sommelier Company

        88 Points: The Sommelier Company "Good; distinct aromas and flavors are rich and vibrant Character: An uncomplicated, go-to fruit-and-spice Cabernet.

      • San Diego Challenge Wine Competition, 2017

        91 points, Gold Medal

  • Block 007 Cabernet Sauvignon

    • 2015

      • International West Coast Wine Competition

        Gold Medal, 90 Points & Best of Class

      • Toast of the Coast

        Double Gold Medal, 95 Points, Best Cabernet Sauvignon & Best of Dry Creek Valley: Toast of the Coast 

      • Dan Berger's International Wine Competition

        Gold Medal

      • Tasters Guild International Wine Judging

        Gold Medal

      • Jefferson Cup Invitational Wine Competition

        Double Gold Medal

  • Sauvignon Blanc, East Side Vineyards

    • 2016

      • Wine Spectator top 100 Values

        89 pts "This vivid white features lemon-lime flavors, with whiffs of peach blossom and lemon verbena adding aromatic intensity."MaryAnn Worobiec

      • Wine Spectator

        89 pts. Wine Spectator Tasting Highlights, April 17, 2017. “Vivid, with lemon-lime flavors and whiffs of peach blossom and lemon verbena adding aromatic intensity. Fleshy and juicy on the finish. Drink now.”  More

      • North of the Gate Wine Competition, 2017

        91 points, Gold Medal

      • James The Wine Guy

        92 pts 

      • Justwinepoints.com

        97 points

    • 2015

      • North of the Gate Wine Competition

        95 Points, Gold Medal & Best of Class

      • Justwinepoints.com

        97 Points

      • WineLinesOnline 88-ts and Value Vino

        Read More

      • Wines of the Week, The Press Democrat, 5/4/2016

        3 1/2 Stars: Peg Melnik,

  • Chardonnay, Signature Selection

    • 2016 Signature Selection Chardonnay

      • Sonoma County Harvest Fair Wine Competition

        Gold Medal

  • Dry Rosé of Zinfandel

    • 2017

      • Wine Spectator Top 100 Values

        100 TOP VALUES: GREAT WINES FOR $20 OR LESS
        Those who best identify the right grapes for their terroir are ideally
        positioned to deliver exciting yet affordable wines year after year. There
        are values everywhere you look—it’s time to get out there and explore.
        89 POINTS
        “This plush rosé offers cherry and spice flavors,
        with lots of tang y zip.” Printable

      • Wine Spectator

        Included in: Recommended Rosés From Around The World, June 30, 2018

      • Wine Spectator 89 points

        10 California Rosés You've Been Waiting For: Wine Spectator

        "This rosé offers lots of tangy zip. Plush, with cherry and spice flavors. Drink now. 89 Points” —Tim Fish, WS Senior Editor, 6/30/18

        Printable version

      • Blue Reviews, The Tasting Panel Magazine

        "Deep raspberry pink; dense, spice and tangy; lush, deep and long; a recurring classic from this historic Sonoma winery." Anthony Dias Blue

      • California State Fair Wine Competition

        95 Points & Gold Medal

      • Roses Demure & Elegant, Top Picks by Peg Melnik, Press Democrat

        "This rosé is tangy with notes of raspberry, cherry, mineral and cinnamon. Nice and dry. Pretty.”

      • California Zinfandel Championship Awards

        Gold Medal

      • Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine

        One Star: A 'rich & balanced offering'.

    • 2016

      • California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition, 2017

        95 points, Gold Medal, Best of Class of Region

      • Sunset International Wine Competition

        Gold Medal

      • Wine Spectator 14 Recommended Rosés

        "Zesty and festive, with easygoing raspberry and spicy cinnamon flavors. Drink now."—Tim Fish

      • Justwinepoints.com

        91 points

      • James the Wine Guy

        92 pts

  • Friends White

    • 2017

      • WineReviewOnline

        “One of the great things about New World winemakers is their willingness to experiment because they are not constrained by regulations. This blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Gewurztraminer (roughly 60/40) is a case in point.  Where else in the world would you find a blend of those two grapes?  And it works.  Each grape shows itself in the finished wine, with Sauvignon Blanc providing a pleasant bite and acidity, while Gewurztraminer lends aromatic notes.  Despite its subtle pungency, it has a roundness -- indeed, even a hint of sweetness -- that makes it a good choice for spicy Asian fare, barbecued chicken, or as a stand-alone aperitif.” 87 Points, Michael Apstein, WineReviewOnline.com

    • 2016

      • Justwinepoints.com

        97 points

      • California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition, 2017

        88 points, Best of Class of Region

      • Orange County Wine Society Wine Competition

        Gold Medal

  • Pinot Noir, Signature Selection

    • 2016

      • Sonoma County Harvest Fair Wine Competition

        Gold Medal

  • Sonoma Classico

    • 2016

      • Wine Spectator Recommended Merlots From California

        TOP VALUES:

        88 POINTS “Ripe and filled with roasted plum and dark currant flavors that are well-spiced. Merlot blend.” —KIM MARCUS, 11/30/18 printable

      • Taster's Guild Consumer's Wine Judging

        Gold Medal

      • Harvest Challenge 2018

        Gold Medal & 90 Points

      • Wine Spectator

        88 Points: "Ripe and filled with roasted plum and dark currant flavors that are well-spiced. Dark chocolate and smoky notes show on the finish." Kim Marcus, 10/15/2018

  • Merlot, Bench Vineyards

    • 2014

      • Golds and Points

        • Gold Medal: The Fifty Best Merlots Read More »
        • 90 Points, Excellent: Enobytes Read More »
        • Gold Medal: Jefferson Cup Awards

      • 2017 California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition

        91 points

  • Sangiovese, Alto Vineyards

    • 2016

      • Tasters Guild Consumer's Wine Judging

        Gold Medal

    • 2015

      • Orange County Wine Society Wine Competition

        Gold Medal

      • James The Wine Guy

        92 pts

  • Friends.Red

    • 2016

      • Wine Spectator Recommended Merlots From California

        Top Values
        87 Points “This has a firm core of dried berry and cherry flavors, supported by chewy tannins. Savory finish, Merlot blend.” —KIM MARCUS 11/30/18 

        printable

      • Rock Star Red Blends, Top Picks by Peg Melnik, Press Democrat

        “This red is a nice quaff that’s approachable and easy going. It has notes of red plum, blueberry and a kiss of vanilla. A great find for the budget-minded, this blend is a smart mix of syrah, merlot, zinfandel and petite sirah.”

      • Wine Spectator Daily Picks

        “This has a firm core of dried berry and cherry flavors, supported by chewy tannins. Savory finish. Merlot, Zinfandel and Syrah. Drink now.” —KIM MARCUS

        Wine Spectator, Daily Wine Picks, August 30, 2018

      • Wine Spectator Daily Picks: California Super Wine Values

        87 Points: "This has a firm core of dried berry and cherry flavors, supported by chewy tannins. Savory finish."—Kim Marcus 8/30/18 

    • 2015

      • Justwinepoints.com

        95 points

      • California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition, 2017

        93 points, Best of Class of Region

      • Orange County Wine Society Wine Competitition

        Gold Medal

  • Petite Sirah

    • 2015

      • Sonoma County Harvest Fair Wine Competition

        Gold Medal

    • 2014

      • West Coast Wine Competition

        Gold Medal

      • California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition, 2017

        88 points, Best of Class of Region

  • Four Grapes Port

    • 2013

      • Sonoma County Harvest Fair Wine Competiton

        Gold Medal

    • 2012

      • International West Coast Wine Competition

        Double Gold Medal, 97 Points & Best of Class

      • California State Fair Wine Competition

        99 Points, Double Gold Medal

      • Dan Berger's International Wine Competition

        Gold Medal

      • Los Angeles County Fair Wine Competition

        92 Points & Gold Medal

      • North of the Gate Wine Competition, 2017

        98 points, Double Gold Medal, Best of Class, Best Fortified