Edizione Pennino Zinfandel pays tribute to Francis Ford Coppola’s maternal grandfather, Francesco Pennino. Born in Italy, Francesco 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 origins and has always been enjoyed by his family, he insisted the Zinfandel remain.
Although it was one of the driest growing seasons on record, 2013 was a stellar vintage in large part because the vines were optimized by the ideal conditions of the previous year. The growing season produced a large crop, so the vines had to be thinned on multiple occasions, but these efforts paid off. By late summer, we could see the Zinfandel was going to be very concentrated and well balanced.
Endowed with a velvety texture and soft tannins, the 2013 Pennino Zinfandel opens with a certain level of restraint that quickly builds into an intense and persistent display of flavor and fragrance. From dramatic spice aromas that include cloves, nutmeg, and cocoa mixed with blueberries and raspberries, the palate comes to life with refreshing flavors of red cherries, cinnamon, and vanilla. There is a decidedly earthy quality about this vintage with distinct mineral notes and nuances of menthol. Smooth and supple, this wine is extremely well balanced and enjoys great length.
Appellation: Rutherford, Napa Valley
Ensemble: 93% Zinfandel, 4% Primitivo, 3% Petite Sirah
Barrel Regimen: 18 months in 50% French oak, 50% American oak; 25% new oak
Vineyard: Cow Barn, Woodshed, Gate, Carriage, Chiles, Saddle
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