Peirano Estate Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2022, The Heritage Collection, Lodi, California

Peirano Estate Vineyards was established in 1895, creating one of the first vineyards in Lodi. This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon came from 50-yr-old estate vines in the Lodi appellation. The fruit was hand-picked in late October 2022 at 25.5 Brix, with intense fruit flavors. To further the complexity, 3 different fermentation methods were used – static, cold soak and rotary fermentation (in equal ratios). Extended maceration time allowed for maximum extraction of color and phenolics. After fermenting to dryness, the wine was settled before being moved to barrels. The entire lot was aged in French and American oak, 15% of which was new wood, where it underwent malolactic fermentation. The wine was then racked every three months, as well as topped every two weeks, to achieve maximum clarity. Tasting notes: Rich, dark color. Rich, deep burgundy hue with perfect clarity. Aromas of satsuma plums, blackberry jam, cran-raspberries and cherries. The initial sip fills the mouth with juicy satsuma plums that dominate over a jammy medley underneath including raspberry jam, blackerry jam, and strawberry jam, all the while maintaining absolute dryness with firm, round yet supple mouth filling tannins.