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Founded by a successful Finnish sea Captain, Gustave Niebaum, in the 1880’s, Inglenook Estate in Rutherford California was once the most highly regarded of the earliest, great Napa Valley estate wineries. Over the years the estate passed through the hands of Niebaum’s descendants. Eventually the family started to sell off plots of the historic homestead. Even the proud name was put on the market in 1964 and sold to a corporation as merely a brand name. But in 1975, Francis Ford Coppola...
This stellar rendition of Edizione Pennino Zinfandel opens dramatically with enticing scents of crushed strawberries, blueberries, and cherries. Floral notes of dried rose petals emerge thereafter with the sensual fragrance of cloves and incense. The exuberant quality of the nose carries onto the palate where fresh, lively flavors of raspberries, spiced plums and seasoned wood increase in volume and flood the palate. Finely integrated tannins harness the fruit’s lushness to create a round, full body yet the richness of this wine is perfectly balanced by natural acidity. Having aged in French and American oak barrels, our 2014 Pennino Zinfandel presents intriguing earthy spice notes all the way through the long, generous finish.
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.