Edizione Pennino Zinfandel honors Francis Ford Coppola’s maternal grandfather, Francesco Pennino, a music composer and native of Naples, Italy. Two historic Zinfandel clones, Morisoli and Werle, complement each other in the creation of this unique wine, with Morisoli lending structure, sweet fruit, and spice in harmony with Werle’s inherent richness and dark fruit tones.
A winter with average rainfall, following four years of drought, provided ample soil moisture to kick off the 2016 growing season. Early spring was warm, triggering rapid, healthy canopy growth. Average late-spring temperatures and limited rainfall reduced the risk of frost during mid-May bloom, ensuring average yields. June closed with a heat spell, slowing vine canopy growth at the ideal time. The Zinfandel harvest began with the Gate blocks on September 2nd, followed by the older dry-farmed parcels on September 5th. The weather was moderate, producing intact berries with very little dehydration.
Appellation: Rutherford, Napa Valley
Ensemble: 96% Zinfandel 4% Primitivo
Barrel Regimen: 18 Months 15% New American Oak 10% New French Oak 75% Neutral American & French Oak
Vineyard: Cow Barn, Gate, Walnut, Bridge, Mountain, Saddle, Carriage, Chiles, Woodshed
Bottle Date: Jan 2013
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