Pedroncelli Chardonnay

Region California, United States
Grape Chardonnay
Style White
Brand Pedroncelli Winery

Vineyard Sources
We had a textbook perfect growing season and harvest in 2013. The warm summer growing season with moderate temperatures offered ideal conditions for Chardonnay and, as a result, show balanced acid and tasty fruit flavors. Grapes for this wine were harvested in mid-September and were sourced from two vineyards located at the southern end of Dry Creek Valley. The area is less than two miles from the cooler climate of the Russian River area. They benefit from the cool microclimate and alluvial soils and produce wines of exceptional fruit and balance, culminating in Chardonnay of great character and quality.

At Pedroncelli Winery, the winemaking goal is simple: showcase the distinctive fruit of each varietal. This focus on fruit is particularly important in creating the style of Chardonnay that is our trademark. Due to the ideal harvest conditions and excellent quality this vintage is fully flavored with a rich texture and balanced acids. We use stainless steel tanks to ferment 80% of the blend, capturing the fresh fruit flavors. The balance was separately barrel fermented in American oak barrels and aged for seven months before being blended with the larger portion. The barrel fermentation and a small amount of secondary or “malolactic” fermentation added some rich and creamy notes giving a boost of complexity to the finished wine.

Technical Information
Appellation: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County
Barrel ageing: 20% of the blend was fermented and aged in American oak for 7 months
Alcohol 14.2%
pH 3.53
TA: .600g/100mg

Tasting Notes
Aromatic meyer lemon zest and honey notes lead to flavors of golden delicious apple with a bit of tropical fruit and hint of grassiness. The blend of the two Chardonnay lots adds both fruit forward qualities and toasted oak complexity. Highlighted by bright acidity, the wine finishes crisp with a long lingering finish. Drink now—no aging required.

Since 1927, when John Pedroncelli, Sr. purchased vineyard and a small winery in Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley, two elements remain unchanged: the exceptional place the Pedroncelli family farms vineyards, and the family’s dedication to making fine wines.

  • From selling grapes to home winemakers during  prohibition in order to keep the vineyards going,
  • to growing a small base of business during the 1930s and 1940s,
  • to the second generation joining their father: son John becoming winemaker in 1948 followed by Jim in 1955 as sales director,
  • to 1963 when the winery was officially purchased by John and Jim from their father,
  • to growing the line of wines in the 1960s with vineyard expansion and diversification,
  • to the boom time of the 1970s and 1980s along with many changes and additions to our sales base including national sales and export,
  • the third generation coming on board and vineyard replanting in the 1990s
  • to the 21st century where the fourth generation is coming up the ranks…
    and it is still a family owned business.

It all adds up to tradition, heritage and a family of wines you can enjoy with confidence.

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