Review: 2010 Pedroncelli Three Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

Here's a California Cabernet Sauvignon that is a great value for your next hearty dinner. Photo: Duane Pemberton

WASHINGTON, DC, 2013 - In 1927, Giovanni Pedroncelli purchased 90 acres of land near Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley in hopes of establishing a vineyard. He planted 25 acres, primarily to produce Zinfandel, but his winery plans were delayed thanks to prohibition. During prohibition, Pedroncelli produced grapes to sell to individuals making their own wine, but he was unable to establish his winery until 1935, after Congress repealed the 18th Amendment.

The Pedroncelli family has been producing wines in Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley since 1935, and has built a strong reputation of producing very good wines priced to sell. To this day, the family still runs the winery and is involved in every aspect of what happens there. This passion and dedication has its way of going into each bottle. 

This Cabernet Sauvignon from its Estate Three Vineyards is actually a red mix, made up of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc and 7% Merlot. It was aged in 30% new French Oak and 70% neutral American oak for a total of 14 months. 

On the nose: Dirty cherries with notes of dirty sock - love it - leather, tobacco and dark chocolate. 

On the palate: A very approachable Carlidornia Cab that exhibits the wonderful red fruit we love in our cabs but without being over-oaked or having too low of acids. In fact, its acide is quite high at a pH of 3.57 which means it’s made to go well with food. I also pick up notes of currant, spiced blueberry muffins and licorice. This is a very tasty cab for the money and one I’d highly encourage you to seek out for your next grilled steak or burger. 

Winery website:

Price: $17




From the winery: 
Rich aromas of ripe raspberry and cherry highlight this full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is highlighted by bright acidity, in just the right amount to showcase the fruit. Plum, toasted oak notes and warm clove spice combine to round out the flavors. Framed by firm tannins and a lasting finish, our Three Vineyards Cabernet is ready to enjoy upon release or cellar up to five more years

critical acclaim:

“A pure, very clean and utterly delicious Cabernet that’s perfect for drinking now. Shows real accomplishment in the ripeness of the blackberry, cherry, black currant and cocoa flavors, and in how well-balanced they are with tannins and oak. Just captivating, at a wonderful price.”

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Duane Pemberton is a food and wine writer who is also the owner of Pemberton is also a well read automobile reviewer and critic, all of which incorporates into his travel, wine and food reviews.

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