2017 Illusion Red Blend
Illusion Red Blend is a masterful collaboration between 4th generation winemaker Lance Randolph and his youngest daughter, 5th generation Alexis Randolph. It is the best of “old-school winemaking” and “new-school winemaking!!” Peirano Estates was instrumental in transitioning Lodi, California into the winery hotspot it is today. A medium of the road complex red wine for the red wine drinker. The 2018 blend consists of Old Vine Zinfandel, Merlot, Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes were hand-picked into small bins for the most delicate handling of the fruit. Fermented on its skins, with extended maceration to dryness, it was then pressed and aged in French and American oak barrels, of which 15% was new oak. The wine exhibits a rich deep burgundy hue with a perfect clarity. The aromas are a compendium of opulent chocolate and cocoa, with black currants and plums. The palate explodes with rich mouth filling blackberries, black currants, plums, cloves, and tobacco. The long, seductive finish is filled with hints of black licorice and has firm, round, yet supple mouth filling tannins.