2009 Edizione Pennino Zinfandel 750ML

2009 Edizione Pennino Zinfandel 750ML

Zinfandel characteristically ripens fairly unevenly despite the steady ripening conditions from the 2009 vintage. To optimize fruit maturity and intensity, several of the blocks were picked in as many as 3 passes on different days, selecting clusters that showed uniformity of ripening on a vine-to-vine and even cluster-to-cluster basis. Because we were patient in staggering the harvest, the tannins reached full maturity providing some softness and creaminess to the wine. After hand sorting and destemming, the grapes underwent a cold-soak period in small tanks to maximize color and flavor extraction before fermentation. Following fermentation the lots were aged in our climate-controlled caves for 15 months in both American and French oak barrels.

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Edizione Pennino Zinfandel pays tribute to Francis Ford Coppola’s maternal grandfather, Francesco Pennino. Born in Naples, Italy, Francesco emigrated to the United States as a young man, wrote songs, dabbled in the early movie business and started a music publishing company known as “Edizione Pennino.” The company’s logo depicted two images: the last view of Francesco’s homeland, the Bay of Naples, and his first view of America, the Statue of Liberty. Francis Ford Coppola took the design in its original form and used it to identify the estate Zinfandel which, like Francesco Pennino’s journey, is the grape most identified with the Italian influence on the California wine industry. To add to the nostalgia, each vintage bottling has one of Pennino’s song titles imprinted on the cork.


The 2009 vintage represents the first year Edizione Pennino is presented by Inglenook. There were ideal weather conditions. Light spring rains were followed by warm summer days and no abrupt climates changes at season’s end. As a result, the grapes ripened steadily and evenly, which allowed us to be highly selective at harvest, choosing fruit that displayed extra character, richness and complexity.

Tasting Notes

Our 2009 Edizione Pennino Zinfandel has a concentrated nose of fresh boysenberry and raspberry fruit along with vanillin and mocha notes mingling with nuances of clove and nutmeg spice. The rich berry fruit flavors are generously followed into the mouth and continue into the finish with vanillin and spice notes. The texture is juicy and round with silky soft tannins providing both structure and a rich creaminess that lingers – enticing yet another taste.

Appellation: Rutherford, CA
Ensemble: 91% Zinfandel, 7% Petite Sirah, 2% Primitivo
Barrel Regimen: 15 months; new and used American and French oak barrels
Alcohol: 14.8%
Vineyard: 100% Estate grown and organically farmed; Gate, Bridge, Carriage House, Cowbarn, Saddle, Walnut, Mountain, Chateau and Woodshed blocks