Perini is a family owned winery and a large one at that. Production of about 125,000 12-bottle cases comes from 92 hectares (225 acres) of estate fruit that is supplemented by purchased fruit. The winery is 40-years-old, but the family has been privately making wine for much longer. They successfully navigated the transition from producing a little bit of wine back in 1928, to high volume, bulk table wine production beginning in 1970, and then finally to becoming fine wine producers over the past two decades.
The wines at Perini are rather attractive, though many have yet to shake a certain rusticity that seems rooted in the history here. That history is not exclusive to the past, as evidenced by the continuing focus on large format, hybrid 'table' wines that are produced here to satisfy the domestic market. Still, there is enough to like with Perini's wines that I think they are worth watching.
Top Wines Tasted: 2010 Casa Perini Marselan 89pts