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Peirando Estate Wines from Lodi Valley

We’re delighted to introduce Peirano Estate Vineyards to you. Established in 1895, Peirano has grown superior grapes, while utilizing many sustainable farming practices, for over 100* years. For six generations, the family’s dedicated goal has been to nurture these noble vines to produce unique, consistent, and distinctively balanced wines. These are estate-grown, old school wines made with an old world sensibility and a kiss of Californian sunshine from the heart of the Lodi Appellation – and they also happen to offer some of the best value in the state. We invite you to taste these two wines and discover for yourself the legacy of Periano with two of their Heritage Collection wines. You’ll find exceptional wine at a truly affordable price. Both wines are available for $9.99 each.

*Side note: Yes, over 100 years. Not even the prohibition could stop the Peirano family from growing their beautiful vines. While they did stop producing wine for a while, the family did not pull up their wines (as many families did).

Old Vine Zinfandel, Heritage Collection 2014
Peirano Estate vineyards’ gnarly, twisted, and over 100-year old Zinfandel vines continue to retain their eternal status. This 2014 Heritage Collection vintage features a wine that is richly concentrated yet light on its feet. This beautifully balanced wine is a far cry from some of the overwrought Zinfandels which are commonplace in Lodi.
From Decanter Magazine: “Ripe, pure blackberry fruit with spiced plum, prunes, and raisins. Despite its heavy fruit profile, it has a floral lift, too. It’s round and full-bodied, but not overdone like some, with very well-integrated alcohol. a great value wine to make you rethink Zinfandel.”

Cabernet Sauvigon, Heritage Collection 2014
This delicious, mouth-filling Cabernet is ready to drink now! The rich, dark color of this wine catches you from the first pour. It exhibits a deep burgundy hue with perfect clarity. The aromas are a compendium of zesty black cherries, cola, and toasty cocoa. The first sip fills the mouth with sweet anise, black boysenberry, cherry, molasses, and baked blackberry pie. While it is fruit-forward, the wine maintains absolute dryness and firm, round, supple tannins. This Cabernet will continue to age gracefully for the next 6-8 years.

By: CV, The Wine Guy

CV, The Wine GuyCV is our resident wine guy and our newest cheese specialist. And he’s here to give you generous, succinct, friendly advice on wines (and cheese). CV is quick to say that he’s not a wine “expert” — he’s not the person to go to for fancy terminology — but he does know wine, and approaches it with robust energy and a desire to match wine with people, food, and experiences.