Peirano Estate Vineyards Viognier
WHY WE LOVE IT
- The growing season in 2017 allowed the fruit to gain a great balance between sugar, acid and other flavors. The hand-picked estate crop was brought into the winery in small bins, in peak condition.
- The use of French and American oak impart a unique texture to the finished product, providing a scrumptious tasting experience
Varietal Composition: 100% Viognier
Elaboration: The grapes were gently pressed and the juice allowed to settle in cool stainless tanks for best results. Fermented to near-dryness, the wine was then aged in French and American oak barrels, of which 15% were new. The process of small barrel aging will allow the wine to slightly concentrate its essence and fully express its true character.
Tasting Notes: Aromas of peaches, apricots, honeycomb and golden raisins are complemented by the scent of meyer lemons and melons. On the palate lush flavors of fresh ripe peaches, so juicy they drip down your arm, are balanced by flavors of nectarines, meyer lemons and stone fruit. The balance of fruit and a touch of sunshine lead to a rich-ripe, long-lasting mouthful 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.