California State Fair Wine Competition - 96 Points & Gold Medal
Sonoma County Harvest Fair Wine Competiton - Gold Medal San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition - Gold Medal
Aromas of blackberry, caramel, and cinnamon lead to flavors of ripe berry, caramel, and dark chocolate with dense warm spice and rich toffee. A delicious and complex Port, well-balanced between the sugar and alcohol, with a lingering, spicy finish. Cellar note: Although ready to drink now, this port will benefit from aging for the next 10 years.
The grapes for this dessert wine came from Pedroncelli’s estate vineyard in Dry Creek Valley. The four acre vineyard was established in 1995. The following Port varietals are planted with an acre each: Tinta Madeira, Tinta Cao, Touriga Nacional, and Souzao. Each varietal matures at a slightly different rate but are picked at the same time. They are harvested as a field blend and each contributes acid, color and flavor components. This is our twenty fourth vintage.
The 2013 season had ideal growing conditions with warm days and cool nights that allowed the port grapes to reach full ripeness with balanced acids. The result is a rich, complex and well-balanced wine. Harvested September 26 the fruit is brought to the winery, destemmed and crushed. Fermentation takes 7 days and is stopped by adding neutral grape spirits. The addition of spirits (also known as fortification) ceases the fermentation and just the right amount of residual sugar is left. The young wine is then aged in neutral American oak barrels for 3 years during which the wine softens and matures adding oak notes and complexity.
Appellation: Dry Creek Valley
Aging: 3 years in neutral oak barrels
Total Acidity: .525g/100mg
Residual Sugar: 7.7%
Included in the Box
3-bottles + 1 Chocolate:
3x 2013 Vintage Port Four Grapes, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, 500ml
1x Port Wine Lover’s Dark Chocolate, 3 oz Tin
Case + 4 Chocolates:
12x 2013 Vintage Port Four Grapes, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, 500ml
The year was 1927. President Calvin Coolidge captured the imagination of nobody. Babe Ruth hit home run after home run powered by little more than whiskey and sausage. And John Pedroncelli, Sr. bought a vineyard and winery in Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County. Since then, four generations of Pedroncellis have weathered Prohibition, wine booms and busts, and changing tastes. And they’re still a family-owned operation making acclaimed premium wines. Wherever you are now, Sultan of Swat and Silent Cal, this next glass is for you.
@mrn1@chipgreen@pjmartin I didn’t want to wait until tomorrow and lose out if it sells out early, so I bought a case and want to keep at least 6 to go with my '06, '11, and '12. Therefore, I’ll put 6 up for splits. Who’s in and how many? Gump says each will get a tin of chocolate!!
@Boatman72@mrn1 Not enough 'mates to warrant another case, and I may not be around for delivery, and I’m not really being a wise shopper, but… Gah! Can’t stop myself from at least going for the 3-pack (and will ship to a friend). It’s Port; it’s Ped.
@Boatman72 I’ve had the pleasure of tasting these wines at the 25 year mark and they are loaded with life. I’m not sure I’ll be around in 2038 or 2040…but it would be a nice thing to pass on to the next gen