Pedroncelli - Cabernet Sauvignon - Three Vineyards
Pedroncelli - Cabernet Sauvignon - Three Vineyards

Pedroncelli - Cabernet Sauvignon - Three Vineyards 2016

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Item# 70608-16

Technical data

APPELLATION Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County
COMPOSITION 81% Cabernet Sauvignon 12% Cabernet Franc 3% Merlot 3% Petit Verdot 1% Malbec
BARREL AGING 15 months in American oak combined with 30% new French oak barrels
ALCOHOL 14.5%
pH 3.89
TOTAL ACIDITY .600g/100mg

Vinification

Estate fruit harvested from the northern reaches of Dry Creek Valley, where these Bordeaux varietals excel. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot were hand-picked just a mile from the winery. Here these varietals develop exceptional character on the vineyard sites situated on the valley bench. The vines receive 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.

Description

2015 conditions were influenced by the drought with a very dry growing season highlighted by accelerated ripening. Cabernet Sauvignon from the different blocks that make up the Three Vineyards blend was harvested the second week of September, more than a week earlier than the previous vintage. Ripe aromas and flavors, soft tannins and mild acidity defines this vintage. Addition of estate Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot, and Petit Verdot adds levels of flavor and fruit characterstics.
Grapes are de-stemmed, fully crushed, and cold soaked for 48 hours. The must is inoculated with the Bordeaux yeast strain and fermented/macerated in stainless steel tanks. The fermenting juice is pumped over the cap daily for extraction of color, tannins and flavor until dry. Once pressed it is stored until barreled in the winter. 70% of our Cabernet Sauvignon was aged in American oak barrels for fifteen months in order to develop smoothness and complexity. An additional 30% was aged in new French oak to provide a subtle backbone of vanilla and toasted oak highlights.