Peirano Estate Old Vine Zinfandel
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In 2015 we 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 over 120-year-old Zinfandel vines, and you can see
why we were excited by the intensity of the fruit.
After HAND-PICKING into small bins for the most delicate
transportation 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 our top 10% food friendly French and
American oak barrels, of which 15% was new wood. Aging in this
way, we are able to maintain and uplift all of the fruit and flavors
to their fullest.
The initial whiff of this seductive wine produces aromas of bright
red cherries, ripe strawberries, spice and toast. On the palate, you
swirl this rich dark wine around in your mouth and the initial
sensation is that of luscious, juicy, freshly-picked ripe strawberries.
The second sip explodes with sweet black cherries and strawberry
jam, with moderate tannins and juicy acidity. This rich,
mouthfilling Old Vine Zinfandel will pair with ALL foods, from
that gourmet burger on the grill, to a nut-crusted seared rare Ahi.
Malolatic Fermentation: 100% pH: 3.73
Total Acidity: .55g Residual Sugar: .473
Bottled: August 22, 2016 Alcohol: 14.8%
One of California’s oldest varietals, this grape actually hails from Croatia. Red Zinfandel makes rich dark wines that are high in alcohol and medium to high in tannin. The can have a blackberry or raspberry aroma, a spicy character and even a jammy flavor. Some Zinfandels are relatively light-bodied and meant to be enjoyed young, while others benefit from aging.