Inglenook Edizione Pennino Zinfandel 2013 75cl

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Country USA
Region California
Brand Inglenook
Grape Variety Zinfandel
Size 75cl
ABV 14.5%
Closure Type Cork
Vintage 2016
Maturity Drink or keep
Food Match Barbeque pork ribs, leg of lamb or a big, hearty meal
Style Full Bodied, Rich and Smooth

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 flavour and fragrance. From dramatic spice aromas that include cloves, nutmeg, and cocoa mixed with blueberries and raspberries, the palate comes to life with refreshing flavours 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.

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.”

This 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, the Zinfandel was shaping up to be very concentrated and well balanced.

After fermentation, the Pennino Zinfandel matures in a combination of French and American oak barrels.

Country Of Origin: USA

In 1975 Francis Coppola went in search of a summer home to escape the hustle of the film industry somewhere to enjoy some downtime with his family and make a little wine. He did not expect to become part of one of Napa's greatest stories. The property he stumbled upon that day was Inglenook Estate, one of the oldest properties in Napa which had been created by Gustav Niebaum - a young Finnish sea-captain in 1880.

In spite of closure during prohibition Inglenook had continued to make sensational wines; indeed the 1941 Inglenook Cabernet was much later included in a list of the ten greatest wines ever by Decanter Magazine. Sadly following the death of Niebaum's grand-nephew the property fell upon hard times and eventually the Inglenook name was lost to the property and a number of the vineyard blocks were sold off.

When Francis Coppola took on the property he bought much more than a summer house. His passion for the Inglenook story has gradually led to him reuniting all the lost parcels of vineyard re-creating the original estate. With the purchase of the Inglenook name in 2011, the final piece of the jigsaw has been the appointment of Philippe Bascaules direct from Ch Margaux to oversee the entire operation. Inglenook looks set fair to regain its rightful place amongst the very best wines from anywhere in the world.

Country Of Origin: USA

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