2015 Pedroncelli Dry Rosé of Zinfandel #WineStudio

2015 Pedroncelli Dry Rosé of Zinfandel
2015 Pedroncelli Dry Rosé of Zinfandel

2015 Pedroncelli Dry Rosé of Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley

Pedroncelli has been making an “intentional” rosé of Zinfandel since the mid-50s!  Fruit for this wine is sourced  from  the Pedroncelli estate Home Ranch and Buchnignan Vineyard.   It is crafted by combining free run juice from early picked grapes (60% of the blend) and 40% saignée (juice drawn from the fermenting tank of fully ripened Zinfandel).  Fermentation is finished in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks.  It is bottled  within a few months to capture the freshness of the vintage.

The wine pours a delightful cherry red color. On the nose it shows summery watermelon, strawberry and peppery spice aromas. On the palate it leans toward medium-bodied, with good acidity and appealing strawberry, pomegranate, peppery spice flavors with a nuanced citrus peel note on the back palate with a lingering satisfying finish. Perfect with BBQ Chicken and Pedroncelli Orzo Pasta Salad

13.9% abv | 2,000 cases | $12(sample)

About Pedroncelli Winery

Pedroncelli Winery is a family owned and operated winery based in Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley.  The winery was founded in 1927  by Giovanni and Julia Pedroncelli  with the purchase 25 acres of hillside property west of Geyerserville, which was planted mostly to Zinfandel.    The family farmed, harvested, and sold grapes to local home winemakers until 1934 when  they began to make wine (Bonded Winery #113).   That wine was sold and delivered in barrels to grocery stores, local families and ranchers.

John Jr., assumed winemaking duties from his father, John Sr. in 1948.  He held that position until his passing in 2015.  It was John Jr. and his brother Jim who were responsible for the winery’s major expansion in the mid 1950s , and  the transition from a bulk wine producer into a premium winery, but with affordable prices.  And it was John Jr. that produced California’s first zinfandel rosé.

Today,  the winery is under the leadership of the third generation of Perdoncellis.  A fourth generation also works in the family business.  It is a 70% woman owned business with a female winemaker – Montse Reece.

Pedroncelli has 105 planted acres and produces 65,000 cases annually.  They craft 16 different wines sourced from estate and neighbor’s vineyards. 

I received this wine in conjunction with the Protocol #WineStudioSession 35: Sonoma’s Rosé Revolution.

What is #WineStudio?

PROTOCOL wine studio presents online twitter-based educational programs where participant engage their brains and palates! It’s part instruction and tasting, with discussions on producers, varieties, tourism, terroir, regional culture, food matching and what all this means to us as imbibers.


Each session last a month, and all selected participants are provided with wine for each of the weekly tastings.  Each week was focused around a producer and/or a theme, and  features a guest facilitator.

Session 35  includes four weeks of discussion about Rosé in Sonoma on the #winestudio platform and gives you the opportunity to network with wine lovers around the world. This is a free online educational course.  Complete the registration to gain access and join us for Sonoma’s Rosé Revolution.

The schedule for June follows:

Week 1: 7 June – @passaggio Cindy Cosco Passaggio Wines
2015 Rosé Merlot Sonoma

Week 2: 14 June – @ellipsiswines Devika Maskey Ellipsis Wine Company
2015 Rosé of Pinot Muenier Sonoma County

Week 3: 21 June – @Pedroncelli Julie Pedroncelli Pedroncelli Winery
2015 Dry Rosé of Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley

Week 4: 28 June – @aandcwines Daniel Hill Angels & Cowboys
2015 Rosé Sonoma County (Grenache Rouge, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Grenache Blanc)

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received wines at no cost from Pedroncelli andProtocol Wine Studio. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are entirely my own


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  1. Vino Travels says:

    What’s been your favorite of the 3 so far this month for Wine Studio?

    1. Martin D. Redmond says:

      Great question Jennifer. They have all been so difference. Top of mind, I’d have to give an edge to the Ellipsis Rose of Pinot Meunier over the Passagio Merlot of Rose….

      1. Vino Travels says:

        Well at least its a close call. That’s a good thing! Love the variety of grapes too.

  2. Wish I would have been here for this chat, Martin. Nice post. Wanna try the Pedroncelli Rose.

  3. I normally stay away from the dark cherry Rose – your post makes me want to try this!

    1. Martin D. Redmond says:

      Thanks Christy. This one surprised me a bit. Very good.I think it’s nice to also have some of the darker heavier roses for more robust fare like a hamburger that might overwhelm on of the lighter rose…

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