As summer winds down and harvest grinds on, we've found time to relax with wines Pedroncelli was kind enough to send our way.
Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Mother Clone 2007, $15, with friends. All enjoyed it. The wine exhibited the classic Dry Creek Valley aromas of cherries and spice, and it was nicely balanced, but it did not wow us the way Dry Creek Zin can do. Still a fine wine for the price.
Next up was the Dry Rosé of Zinfandel; Sonoma County 2008, $10. That's right, $10! This is a new name for the wine--we suppose buyers had been expecting something in the White Zinfandel vein, and this certainly is not. We have long been a fan of pink wine made from Zinfandel, and this offering reminded us that we have not had one in a while. Where have they all gone?
This wine is truly dry, truly Zinfandel, and a great refresher for the price. We would be remiss, however, if we did not mention the North Berkeley summer rosé sampler at $99/case, which includes favorites such as Alto Sol Carmenere/Syrah and Nicodemi Montepulciano D'Abruzzo Cerasuolo. But that is a limited offer, while the Pedroncelli will remain $10 (we hope!), and we recommend giving it a shot.
The Chardonnay Dry Creek Valley 2008, $12, was very exciting, and represents a spectacular bargain for California Chardonnay. It is crisp and lively with brilliant fruit and a lingering, complex finish. Its subtle oak is a lovely complement. Delicious and truly in a different class than any other domestic Chardonnay at this price.
Stay tuned for more on Pedroncelli, and enjoy the last days of summer.