Sunday, August 14, 2011

Review: *** $$ Pedroncelli Special Vineyard Selection Mother Clone Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel, Sonoma County, California, 1999

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Sonoma Valley in Californina is well-regarded for zinfandel wines.  Today we will be trying a well-aged, more-than-a-decade-old zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma.


Original tasting and review : This is Pedroncelli Special Vineyard Selection Mother Clone Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel, Sonoma County, California, 1999, finished at 14.4% alcohol.

In the glass: Pedroncelli zin is deep magenta with dark brick at the edge, opaque from about an inch in from the edge.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows red fruit and some residual cork.  From the aroma, seems like this may be a slightly corked bottle, but still with fruit remaining.  

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact partially corked, but with soft and balanced fruit still coming through.  Ripe blackberries and bold tannins. 

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, even with the TCA corked elements apparent.  Could be even stronger if you had a clean bottle.  No hint of oxidation or tiredness. 

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