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2016 Pellegrini Zinfandel
Alexander Valley
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Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
Zinfandel
Appellation
Alexander Valley
Vineyard Designation
Carlin Vineyard
Harvest Date
September 12th, 2016
Acid
6.70%
pH
3.66
Bottling Date
December 15th, 2017
Alcohol %
14.8
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The 2016 Pellegrini Zinfandel emits a dark, brambly nose, highlighted by tellicherry peppercorn, plum, dried rose, and caramel. Notes of dried strawberry, boysenberry cobbler, mocha, and cassis fill the mid palate. The brilliant acidity coalesces flawlessly with the fine tannins, lending hints of hibiscus and tamarind, for a wonderful long lasting finish.
Winemaker Notes
The drought in California had reached full swing in 2016, leading to an early bud break and fruit set. It was an early harvest for much of the county, lending a wonderful zingy acidity across the board, perfectly balancing the immense fruit flavors of all the vineyards we source from. A surprisingly cool period in early September allowed for extra time on the vine for some additional phenolic maturity. Tonnages were slightly low, but higher than in 2015, allowing for wines to come out a little bit leaner. overall, the 2016 wines should proves as a vintage full of very pretty wines, with excellent aging potential for those with the patience to hold on to their wines for 3 to 4 years.