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2012 Edizione Pennino Magnum
Voluminous and very well focused, this vintage displays a high degree of spice as well as big, juicy flavors.
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"An old school Zin, with a sense of style and place." -Wine Spectator

 

Accolades
Wine Spectator - 91

 

History
Edizione Pennino Zinfandel pays tribute to Francis Ford Coppola's maternal grandfather, Francesco Pennino.  Born in Italy, Franceso emigrated to the United States as a young man and started a music publishing company known as "Edizione Pennino".  Our estate Zinfandel bears the music company's logo in its original form and to add to the nostalgia, each vintage bottling has one of Pennino's song titles imprinted on the cork.  When Coppola purchased the Inglenook estate in 1975, it was recommended that he remove the Zinfandel vines, but because this varietal has Italian originis and has always been enjoyed by his family, he insisted the Zinfandel remain.

 

The Vineyards
The Zinfandel for Edizione Pennino is grown in a variety of vineyard blocks scattered across Inglenook's 235 contiguous acres.  The old dry-farmed, headpruned vines, which provide the backbone of the blend, offer concentrated berry flavors and spice; younger plantings of the historic Morisoli clone contribute fresh raspberry fruit flavors, lively acidity and spice notes; the historic Werle selection adds dark boysenberry aromas and a round texture.  Because we farm organically on the estate, it requires extra effor to cultivate our Zinfandel, as this varietal is one that's susceptible to mildew and botrytis, but we think the rewards outweigh the added work that goes into creating this wine.

 

Winemaking Notes
Over the last few years, we've refined our winemaking methods, using smaller boxes for picking, a new destemmer that is gentler on the fruit, thereby causing less oxidation, and we're applying greater scrutiny during the fermentation process by evaluating individual blocks of fruit daily to determine which will benefit from pump overs.  These improvements greatly enhanced the quality of the 2012 vintage, which is sure to go down in the books as one of the best vintages of the decade.  Steady, moderate temperatures lasted throughout the summer creating good conditions for ripening.  We picked earlier than usual to preserve the elegance of the fruit and used both French and American oak barrels, 20% of them new, in the maturation process.

 

Tasting Notes
Voluminous and very well focused, the 2012 Pennino Zinfandel displays a high degree of spice as well as big, juicy flavors of plums, cherries and red fruits that are beautifully offset by a bright, balsamic-like acidity.  Nuances of ginger, cardamom and cinnamon mingle with notes of Mexican chocolate.  One may even detect a hint of cherry blossoms.  Integrated tannins support the structure and there is a succulent mouthfeel with a long, satisfying mocha finish.

 

Appellation: Rutherford, CA
Blend: 95% Zinfandel, 2.5% Primitivo, 2.5% Petite Syrah
Vineyards: Mountain, Cow Barn, Carriage, Gate, Wood Shed, Bridge, Saddle
Case Production: 2,300
Alcohol: 14.9%
Release Date: October 2014