Yet another spectacular vintage, our 2017 Alexander Valley Zinfandel bursts out of the glass with fragrances of plum, blackberry cobbler and lilac, which contrast perfectly with its meaty and leathery undertones. In the mouth, bright boysenberry, raspberry and tamarind stand balanced by notes of star anise, tarragon, mocha and allspice.
At Pellegrini, our philosophy on making Zinfandel is quite simple, approach the great with the same attention to detail and gentleness that is required for making Pinot Noir. Our Zinfandel is hand sorted and destemmed direct to macro bin and then tipped into tanks, trying to preserve as many whole berries as possible. the grapes go through a 4 to 5 day cold soak before inoculation. Once in ferment , the grapes receive punchdowns three times per day with an occasional picking bin delestage for oxygen incorporation. As the sugar levels dwindle, so do the number of punchdowns per day. This will help keep this wine's supple and velvety texture intact. Our 2017 Zinfandel was aged for 14 months in French Oak with only 10% new oak barrels. This wine built to age gracefully, but can definitely still be enjoyed now.
Food Pairing Notes
Tomato rich Italian dishes and anything from the grill.