Peirano Estate Vineyards Immortal Zin
WHY WE LOVE IT
- 2015 was a year that had exceptionally long hang time for the fruit, giving it the chance to develop layers of flavors.
- Combine that with the low yield of our 120-year-old head trained Zinfandel vines, and you can see why Peirano was so excited by the intensity of the fruit.
- Peirano had the opportunity to truly hand select the “cream” of the crop, making several passes through the block during the long optimal ripeness window.
Varietal Composition: 100% Old Vine Zinfandel
Elaboration: After hand-picking into half ton bins for the most delicate transporting of the fruit, the grapes were lightly crushed into the tank for fermentation. Fermented on the skins to dryness, it was then pressed and placed in French and American oak barrels, of which 15% was new wood. Aging in the barrel for twelve months allowed all the fruit components to be uplifted.
Tasting Notes: The color of this wine is truly Immortal. Its rich dark color goes on and on and on. The deceptively subtle aromas of plums, raisins, blackberries and cherry cola marry together to put your olfactory senses into a new dimension. In the mouth, the palate is wrapped in a mysterious, velvety layered mix of plums, sweet mouth filling dried black cherries and cassis, leading to a lengthy rich mouth filling finish.
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.