Malbec 2014 Peirano Estate Vineyards

  

Vineyard Notes:

The 2014 vintage was very successful for us, with a long cool spring and milder summer temperatures.  The pay off of this excellent harvest is to be experienced in this delicious wine from Peirano Estate Vineyards.  The Lodi appellation is an ideal growing area for this varietal and presents a climate much more in tune with that of Malbecs’ most popular growing area, the high and dry Mendoza region of Argentina, then other areas of California.  Here in Lodi, long warm days are moderated by cool temperatures sliding down the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain range during the evenings. The fruit was patiently selected and hand harvested into small bins to maintain health and quality.

Winemaker Notes:

The carefully handled grape bunches are immediately inoculated with yeast that helps retain the fruits’ natural character while extracting a good amount of tannin during an even fermentation.  The 2014 Malbec was a much smaller lot of grapes compared to our core wine production, so the fruit is handled more gently and a lot of attention is paid to the wine as it develops. For our red wines we use a combination of rotary fermentation as well as static fermentation (tank fermentation), because we can get different characteristics from each.  The rotary fermentation is typically short and monitored closely so that the wine never gets bitter or over extracted.  After completion of malolactic fermentation, the wine is racked and then aged in French and American oak barrels, 15% of which is new wood.

Tasting Notes:

The color of this wine is a vibrant deep purple/garnet. The aromas fill your senses with big ripe black cherries, strawberries, boysenberries, and vanilla. On the palate, your mouth will explode with seductive forward flavors of black cherries, blackberries and dried cranberries. The finish leads to a rich, round and soft mouth feel with moderate tannins. Light spice and toast lead to a soft lingering experience. The wine is ready to drink, but will continue to age over the next 5 to 8 years.

Alc.; 13.8%, Drue; Malbec Estate Grown from Lodi, California.