Pellegrini Family Vineyards Carignane Redwood Valley 2007
From the Winery - Vineyard Notes: The Carignan we produce originates from the Piffero Home Ranch located in Redwood Valley Mendocino. As we approach our fifth harvest from this vineyard we are growing to appreciate what a special and unique site this is. Located on a rocky reddish soil bench the old head pruned vines were planted in 1934 by the grandparents of Ric Piffero. The vineyard is comprised mostly of Carignan but is also interspersed with Zinfandel and Barbera. It is dry-farmed and averages a little over two tons per acre. We have come to the conclusion that to refer to this wine merely by its variety is not giving it full credit. As with the old plantings of Grenache and Carignan from regions like Priorat in Spain or the southern Rhone these relics of California's viticultural past can produce some rather interesting wines if the grapes are treated with dignity. For this reason we will be moving toward vineyard rather than varietal designation in the future. Winemaking: Grapes were de-stemmed and pumped to tank. The fermentation was allowed to go wild and fermented through successfully. This wine's exceptionally low pH and high acidity make it a refreshing even racy medium bodied red wine. Aging: The wine was aged for nine months in a combination of three- to four-year-old French and American oak barrels. Winemaker's Notes: The 2007 Pellegrini Carignan has a deep color and flavors of plums red berries and spice. Soft tannins give way to a juicy supple mouth-feel. This is not a wine for meditation but a versatile complement to an assortment of dishes ranging from barbeque to Peking duck.
Bright ruby violet hue, aromas of cherry harvest and earth, on the palate it is single-note plum-cherry cough syrup, of bright acidity with moderate tannins and a modest finish.