2021 Pellegrini Carignane A.V. presents powerful in the nose, with notes of currants, dark berries, and brambles. Much more delicate on the palate, the meaty tannins are harmonized by mixed baking spices, dusty red fruits, and just the slightest hints of driftwood and rose pedal.
We source our carignane from Hemar Vineyard, which sits on top of a northwest facing ridge on the east side of Dutcher Creek Rd. These old head-trained vines are interplanted with Zinfandel, Alicante Bouchet, and a few other unidentified red cultivars, which add tremendous complexity to the palate. The rich, red soil holds moisture quite well, encouraging deep expressions of fruit out of our Carignane.
Our Pellegrini Carignane receives regular pump-overs instead of punch-downs, in order to break as few skins as possible during production to help tame the sometimes-harsh tannins associated with the varietal. Wine was aged in medium and medium-plus French oak barrels, which is to complement and tame the structured tannins. These more meaty and sweet barrels help to balance the sizeable mouthfeel and tannin structure.
Food Pairing Notes
Chicken Satay, grilled duck breast with cherry demi, roasted root vegetables.