Maker: Pedroncelli Winery, Geyserville, California
Details: Sonoma County, Dry Creek Valley
Packaging: 750ml bottle, natural cork
Our Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Purchased at: Costco
Mother Clone Zinfandel from Pedroncelli is an awesome value. It’s a big Zin from start to finish. Big nose, nice fruit blast, oaky finish. This is a wine that, with a little bit of air, is compulsively drinkable. It’s a hefty 14.9% alcohol, but isn’t overly heavy. Disclaimer: I’m partial to big Zins – this is a New World wine and might not appeal to all. Nevertheless, Wine Enthusiast gave Mother Clone a phenomenal 93 points – at under $13! Here’s what Wine Enthusiast had to say:
[Mother Clone Zinfandel] is aged in American oak and blended with 12% Petite Sirah. Concentrated blackberry fruit rides a foundation of soft, silky and well-integrated succulence, with touches of leather saddle, black pepper, smoke and brick. While full bodied, it manages to drink light on its feet.
Palate Press recommended it, but with a less enthusiastic 87 points. Good Cheap Vino liked it as well (89 points), and offered some history on this wine too. They called it a “terrific value.”
If you like big Zins (or big California red blends), check your nearest Costco. I’m heading to mine to stock up.