About the Producer
"My name is Lance Randolph, and I’m a man with a mission. My mission is to make the best wine to ever come out of the Lodi Appellation.
My 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, Syrah, Viognier, 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 our vineyard for over 100 consecutive years. Knowing that great wines must begin with the greatest grapes, it has always been our belief that wine should reflect the character of the fruit and the land.
To that end, we have made the attempt to carry our five generations of commitment to the land through to our own wines. Rather than destroy these beautiful old Zinfandel vines to make way for larger yielding, more economically advantageous vines, we have decided to harvest the meager 2 tons per acre production. It is our goal to produce wines of bold varietal character with this fruit, vintage after vintage.
At Peirano Estate Vineyards we make wines that we enjoy. We hope that you, too, will find pleasure in our wine. It is our commitment to deliver that enjoyment at fair prices.
How, you might ask, were they able to persevere? As Lance Randolph says, “A family that works together stays together, and the vineyards are a big part of our family. It’s as simple as that!”
Overview of the Wine
Lodi’s climate and soil are ideal for Petite Sirah production. From the use of ‘head-training’ in the old world manner through careful pruning as well as bunch thinning, we optimize the ripeness that the berries achieve. HAND PICKING the fruit also ensures the fruit is in perfect condition for its upcoming transformation.
To maximize the extraction of the big flavors of Petite Sirah, we use rotary fermentation, which constantly mixes the skins and pulp with the juice so we can get every bit of flavor out of this variety. After malolactic fermentation is complete, the wine is transferred to French and American oak barrels (15% new) which allows the wine to settle and slightly concentrate its fruit flavors, as well as round out with touches of oak.
"This is a huge, flavorful, well-oaked wine that's full in body, intense in color, broad in mouthfeel and shows good complexity to boot. Oak, black pepper and cedar surround a deep blackberry core, while rich, abundant tannins hold everything in their grip. Best through 2025." -Jim Gordon
Winemaker's Tasting Notes
The intense inky black color of this wine exhibits a rich deep hue with perfect clarity. The senses are tempted by an array of currants, black cherries and plums. The palate is mysterious and seductively filled with bright fleshy ripe plums, cherries and bakers chocolate with rich, round, mouth filling tannins. The finish is soft and mysterious with a hint of soft oak.
Grape / Blend
100% Petit Sirah
Lodi, Central Valley, California
Product size: 750ml