While Central Valley’s Lodi region may not carry the brand-name luxury clout of other parts of California, it has more than a generous number of winemakers releasing affordable, approachable wines of quality at a healthy pace. Peirano is a fourth-generation family enterprise from the area, and we gave two of their most recent red releases a try.
2021 Peirano Estate Cabernet Sauvignon – Heavy notes of raspberry and black cherry before oak and wet earth find its way into the mix. The black cherry plays well with the earthier notes and it finishes surprisingly dry with firm tannins and a touch of chocolate. Quite balanced in its overall presentation and a reasonably smart buy. A- / $15
2020 Peirano Estate Malbec – Spicy and heavy on red fruits, with a very classic American malbec profile of strawberry and raspberry leading the charge on the nose, then cinnamon and nutmeg arriving with time in the glass. There’s a battle between the strawberry and spices on the palate and a surprising black tea note during the finish. A very fruit-forward malbec that’s ready to drink now. B / $17
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