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.
Edizione Pennino Zinfandel portrays the unique creation of Zinfandel using Morisoli and Werle clones grown on the Inglenook Estate in Rutherford, Napa Valley. The Zinfandel 2014 growing season was dry causing slow growth in the canopy throughout the Spring. The small canopy coupled with Inglenook’s dry farming practices put the ideal amount of stress on the vines which were optimized to develop fruit with complex aromatics and rich concentration. Inglenook’s Zinfandel is composed to be less aggressive on the palate with lower alcohol.
Appellation: Rutherford, Napa Valley
Ensemble: 94% Zinfandel 5% Primitivo 1% Petite Sirah
Barrel Regimen: 18 Months in 50% French & 50% American Oak, 25% New oak
Vineyard: Gate, Chiles, Cow Barn, Walnut, Saddle
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