Peirano Estate Vineyards Petite Sirah
WHY WE LOVE IT
- Lodi’s climate and soil are ideal for Petite Sirah production. From the use of ‘head-training’ in the old world manner through careful pruning as well as bunch thinning, Peirano optimizes the ripeness that the berries achieve.
- Hand picked fruit also ensures the fruit is in perfect condition for its upcoming transformation.
Varietal Composition: 100% Petite Sirah
Elaboration: To maximize the extraction of the big flavors of Petite Sirah, we use rotary fermentation, which constantly mixes the skins and pulp with the juice so we can get every bit of flavor out of this variety. After malolactic fermentation is complete, the wine is transferred to French and America oak barrels (15% new) which allows the wine to settle and slightly concentrate its fruit flavors, as well as round out with touches of oak.
Tasting Notes: The intense inky black color of this wine exhibits a rich deep hue with perfect clarity. The senses are tempted by an array of wild blueberries, plums and fresh baked boysenberry pie. The palate is mysterious and seductively filled with bright blueberries, boysenberries, and black pepper, with chewy moderate tannins. The finish is soft and mysterious with a hint of cocoa.
2016 – 89 WIne & Spirits “Best Buy”
2017 – 91 Wine Enthusiast “Best Buy”
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.