Peirano Estate Vineyards
2020 Red Wine Blend ‘Illusion’
Estate Grown, Lodi Appellation
This wine is a big winner for Peirano Estate Vineyards!! This collaboration between 4th generation winemaker Lance Randolph and his youngest daughter, 5th generation Alexis Randolph, is the best of “old-school winemaking” and “new-school winemaking!!” The results in this bottle, we think, accents the best of both generations of winemaking styles.
The 2020 blend consists of Old Vine Zinfandel, Merlot, Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes were HAND-PICKED into small bins for the most delicate handling of the fruit. Once we received the fruit at the winery, we keep each varietal separate though the entire fermentation and aging process. Fermented on its skins, with extended maceration to dryness, it was then pressed and aged in French and American oak barrels, of which 15% was new oak. We then make several blends and sample each one until we have found one that is greater than its parts.
The wine exhibits a rich deep burgundy hue with a perfect clarity. The aromas are a compendium of opulent blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries and aromas spiced with cinnamon
and sugar. The palate explodes with mouth filling dense, rich blackberries, boysenberries, plums and olallieberry compote. The long, seductive finish is filled with rich chocolate truffles with firm, round, yet supple mouth filling tannins.
Bottled: December 6, 2021