Pedroncelli Winery is a family run winery in Geyserville founded in 1927. They graciously sent me a bottle of their 2008 Dry Creek Valley Family Vineyards Petite Sirah as a sample. Previous vintages have received some attention from Wine Enthusiast and other critics so I was ready to see if this $15 bottle was still a good buy.
About the Wine- From the Winery
This wine was grown in the Dry Creek Valley in a vineyard that has been planted with Petite Sirah since the early 1900’s. The wine is 96% Petite Sirah and 4% Zinfandel with a 13.8% alcohol content. It was aged in American and French Oak for 16 months. (For more information see http://www.pedroncelli.com )
Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine
Pours deep plum, with a nose of blueberry, cocoa, a little bit of cinnamon. It has a little bit of a less powerful nose than other Petite Sirahs I have tried. The wine has a bit of a thick feel in the mouth with tastes of blackberries and has some tartness that I think could even out with some decanting. I am actually going to let the bottle breathe for a bit and come back to it…
I am trying the bottle again a couple of hours later and notice a huge difference. The tartness has evened out to show much more smoothness with some nice tannins and a little spice in the finish. In keeping in mind that this bottle retails for $15, I think it is a solid Petite Sirah. Obviously, if you would like to spend an extra $10+ you could get a lot more depth but I have definitely had some real duds for this price point. The Pedroncelli is definitely better than the rest of the pack at $15. I would try a bottle if I were you.