PEDRONCELLI in Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley has been family-owned and operated for four generations — and that in itself should give you confidence in this brand. The family survived Prohibition, they transitioned from bulk wine production to fine table wines, they kept on top of matching soils and microclimates to grape varieties, they practice sustainable farming, and all these years they have kept their wines affordable — most are under $20. Of particular note, the late John Pedroncelli, who was winemaker from 1948 to well into the new millennium, started producing Zinfandel in 1949 and was the first vintner to make a dry rosé of Zinfandel.
Pedroncelli Dry Rosé of Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2015, $12: This pale ruby gem has subtle tannins and flavors of cherry, spice and orange zest with a sturdy spine of acidity but the aromas will pull you in first — rose petal, vanilla and ripe strawberry. It’s perfect for family gatherings and barbecues.
Pedroncelli Sauvignon Blanc Dry Creek Valley 2015, $15: Sauvignon Blanc is a hallmark varietal from the family’s East Side Vineyards. It’s fresh and crisp with a subtle honeyed note that complements flavors of green apple and ripe tropical fruit — lime, grapefruit, melon and pineapple. East Side refers to vineyards planted along Dry Creek where the vines get the full influence of the sun during the day and cool breezes at night.
Pedroncelli “friends.white” Sonoma County White Wine Blend 2015, $10: This refreshing proprietary blend is 58 percent Sauvignon Blanc, 42 percent Gewurztraminer. Flavors are dry, offset by the fruitiness of the Gewurz. It offers the green, herbal notes of Sauvignon Blanc and the floral-lychee nut character of Gewurz. It’s meant to be a casual wine to share with friends, a wine to buy by the case to pour at impromptu occasions.
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