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by Fred McMillin
1990—"John Pedroncelli is the winemaker, and he's a real pro."
...Jim Wood, S.F. Examiner
1990—We have established our single-vineyard program this year to showcase the vineyards that supply our top grapes. We expect the Pedroni-Bushnell Vineyard to produce some of our best Zinfandels.
...Winemaker John Pedroncelli
The Rest of the Story
John knew a lot about the vineyard that was being elevated to having its own Pedroncelli label. John Sr. had purchased the 20-acre, Dry Creek Valley property in 1945. A decade later it was sold to Al Pedroni, John Jr.'s brother-in-law. Al's daughter, Carol Bushnell, inherited the vineyard in l99O. Her husband, Jim Bushnell, is vineyard manager.
Is the vineyard living up to expectations? I quietly slipped the 1995 into a blind tasting without any comment. The panel was very enthusiastic. Checking back for six months, I found it was the highest scoring Zin we've had below $15... medium-bodied, loads of fruit.
The American oak was gentle. I'm not suprised because at a tasting I conducted with John he said he wanted his wine "to taste more of grapes than trees."
1995 Zinfandel, Pedroni-Bushnell Vnyd., Dry Creek Vly.
Two French immigrants in 1872 planted the first Dry Creek vineyard that John Sr. bought in 1927. Prophetically, the Frenchmen had planted it with Zinfandel!
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