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in pursuit of the juiciest wine: day fifty-seven (Pedroncelli Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Creek ValleyThree Vineyards 2007)

Pedroncelli Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Creek Valley Three Vineyards 2007Tonight’s wine is Pedroncelli Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Creek Valley Three Vineyards 2007. I went to the vineyard’s website to find an image. While I was there I saw that this wine isn’t all Cabernet Sauvignon. Here’s the technical information:

Appellation: Dry Creek Valley Composition: 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, 10% Merlot Aging: 12 months, French and American Oak barrels Alcohol: 14.4% Acidity: .622g/100ml pH: 3.62.

(http://www.pedroncelli.com/wines/wine.asp?p=380)

And it’s three vineyards because:

Three of Pedroncelli’s estate vineyards provided the fruit for this wine. Comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc, these varietals develop exceptional character in the vineyards sites situated on the Dry Creek Valley bench. This area receives the right amount of sun and cooling fog which develops optimal flavors in the grapes. Careful vineyard management during the growing season defines our style even more.

(http://www.pedroncelli.com/wines/wine.asp?p=380)

So we got a balancing act between three grapes, sun, cooling, and vineyard management. Let’s see how it goes.

Allons-y.

It’s 75% – 80% opaque, which is quite transparent for a Cabernet Sauvignon. And the color is a bit light for a cab, too. However, it has the fat legs of a cab. And it has the nose of a cab – deep, dark, and complex.

On a deeper inhale, though, it doesn’t smell like it is from California. It smells like a Finger Lakes cab. More specifically, the Cab Franc is taking over the nose. I don’t much like Cab Franc, unless blended as it is here, but this one smells like a Finger Lakes Cab Franc, which tends to be pretty good and very earthy – upstate New York earthy. In fact, I’d say the west side of Cayuga Lake and near the middle.

Strong InteractionThere’s a tension in this wine between the Merlot’s sweetness and fruitiness with the Cab Franc’s earthiness and sourness. It’s like the Cabernet Sauvignon is holding it together. It’s like a nuclear wine. In the nucleus of this wine’s atom are the Merlot proton and the Cab Franc neutron and the Cabernet Sauvignon’s strong force is holding them together.

If you like Cab Franc, you’ll like this wine. It’s tasty and well balanced.

I like this wine a bit, but for me, it needs less Cab Franc. I wouldn’t buy it again, but I wouldn’t turn it down if offered to me.

The Wine Enthusiast gave this 91 points. Despite my recent distrust of the Wine Enthusiast based on it’s very generous rating of a Bare Foot wine, I understand this high rating. Though I think it closer to the 88-89 range.

The more I sip this, the more I like it. It gets more smooth.//


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