Peirano Estate 6 Clones Merlot 2021

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Tasting Notes

From the Winemaker:  Aromas of maraschino cherries, plum and red licorice join together in a single sensation of olfactory bliss. The mouth is filled with an array of flavors, including black cherries, raisins, chutney and dried herbs, with a lingering hint of dried cranberries and fruit cake. Bright red fruit tannins and good acidity leave a pleasing, long lasting, soft finish.”

The history of the Peirano family dates back to 1879, when  Giacomo Peirano, a grape farmer from Genoa, Italy, immigrated to San Francisco, CA, in the hopes of fulfilling the American dream of striking it rich with gold during the historic Gold Rush age. Soon he realized this was not going to be possible and moved to Lodi where he opened a business to supply goods for the miners. The business expanded to a farm and went through some transitions (World War I, Prohibition, The Great Depression, and World War II). In 1992, Lance Randolph, the fourth generation of Peirano to farm the 300 acre estate, began making Peirano wine for himself and to prove Lodi could produce desirable wines.  After considerable praise for his ability to make elegant wines, he decided to start bottling and selling Peirano wine using his estate grown grapes.

Peirano Estate Vineyard’s Merlot is produced from 6 different clones of Merlot grown on the estate, including two rare French clones as well as the very rare Italian clone. After hand picking, the fruit arrives at the winery ready for its journey from grape to wine. The must was inoculated with Bordeaux red Pasteur yeast, fermented to dryness, pressed and settled before being moved into barrels. Then it was aged in French and American oak barrels (15% new).

Food Pairing Suggestions

Charcuterie, Duck, Grilled preparations, Hearty stew, Mushrooms, Red Meat, Roasted Root Vegetables, Sausage, Slow-smoked Barbeque/BBQ Sauce, Wild Game

California , Lodi
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$16.00 each