Peirano Estate Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon
WHY WE LOVE IT
- This Cabernet Sauvignon comes from 50-year-old vines grown on the estate.
- A longer than average growing season meant more time on the vine and a bountiful, ripe harvest.
Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Elaboration: To further the complexity of the fruit, Peirano uses three different fermentation methods– Static, Cold Soak and Rotary Fermentation (in equal ratios). Extended maceration time allowed for maximum extraction of color and aromatics. After fermenting to dryness, the wine was settled before being moved to barrels. The entire lot was aged in French and American oak, 15% of which was new wood, where it underwent malolactic fermentation. The wine was then racked every three months, as well as topped every two weeks, to achieve maximum clarity.
Tasting Notes: The rich, dark color of this wine catches you from the first pour. It exhibits a rich, deep burgundy hue with perfect clarity. The aromas are a compendium of zesty black boysenberries, raspberries and plums. The first initial sip fills the mouth with sweet black boysenberries, raspberries, juicy fruit and baked blackberry pie, all the while maintaining absolute dryness and firm, round, yet supple, mouth filling tannins.
The man in the awesome red shorts is Lance Randolph, and he is on a mission. His mission is to make the best wine to ever come out of the Lodi Appellation. Lance’s great grandfather, Giacomo Peirano, arrived in San Francisco in 1879 from his home in Genoa, Italy. By 1881, he started farming in Lodi, and year by year he steadily gained a place for himself pioneering vineyard and orchard development. Planted in the early 1880’s, Peirano Estate was one of the first vineyards in Lodi. Located in the very heart of the Lodi Appellation (granted in 1986), Peirano Estate Vineyards grows Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Viognier, Barbera, Petite Sirah, and has perhaps the largest single block of old, head-trained, natural rooted Zinfandel left in the state of California.
Nestled between the Sacramento-San Joaquin river delta and the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, Lodi has an ideal Mediterranean climate with deep, rich, sandy-loam soils and abundant quality water. These factors combine to make Lodi a major producer of quality wine grapes. Beginning with the hard work and inspiration of Giacomo Peirano, five generations have grown and harvested grapes from these vineyards for over 100 consecutive years.