A Rainy Weekend out here on the Left Coast - time for some Deep Dark Red. This afternoon, I've uncorked an Immortal Zin from the Peirano Estates Vineyards. The appellation is Lodi and they market this one as an Old Vine Zinfandel - meaning absolutely nothing. Yes, the term is loosely used for vines that are old. How old is anyone's guess. The "official" guidelines for calling a Zinfandel Old Vine is 50 years, but this just a guideline set up by ZAP (Zinfandel Advocates & Producers).
This one has the characteristic qualities of a Zinfandel made from grapes grown on an Old Vine. Some nice Port notes with a mix of Rhubarb and just enough chiseled tannins to give it balance and character. The fruit shines bright and the one thing that I am loving about this wine is the finish. Goes out like a ghost, leaving you to taste the food that you are eating with the wine. Tonight I have a wonderful fried quinoa and braised short rib dinner -this will should pair very nicely with it.
The Pierano website ----- > Fermented on the skin
Immortal Zin History at lodiwine.com ----- > zesty flavors that linger