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Rubicon Ed Pennino Zin 2006

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History<br/>The 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 and import company known as "Edizione Pennino." The company's logo depicted two images: the last view of Francesco's homeland, the Bay of Naples, and his first view of America, the Statue of Liberty. Francis Ford Coppola took the design in its original form and used it to identify the estate Zinfandel which, like Francesco Pennino's journey, is the grape most identified with the Italian influence on the California wine industry. To add to the nostalgia, each vintage bottling has one of Pennino's song titles imprinted on the cork.<br/>Vineyard Notes<br/>The Zinfandel for Edizione Pennino is grown in a variety of vineyards scattered across Rubicon Estate's 235 contiguous acres. Two historic clones contribute to Edizione Pennino: Morisoli and Werle. The Morisoli clone provides the wine with blockbuster flavors of spice, cedar, and sweet fruit. The Werle clone adds aromas of chocolate and mocha, as well as a palate of dense, dark fruit.<br/>Organic Farming<br/>For three decades, Rubicon Estate has been farmed organically out of respect for the environment and our vineyard staff, as well as our belief that organic grapes make better wine. Although organically farming Zinfandel provides a challenge because it is vulnerable to mildew or botrytis, the rewards outweigh the extra efforts.<br/>The Vintage<br/>The 2006 vintage experienced seesaw extremes of temperature and rainfall. The year started out with storms and wide-spread flooding. Due to Rubicon Estate's outstanding location on the Rutherford Bench, our well drained soils were unaffected by either. However, the cold wet weather persisted, with record-breaking rainfall until May. This vast amount of rain required us to leave on our edible cover crop until the end of June, to pull water out of our soils. Then we were hit with a July that saw some of the hottest weather in the history of Napa Valley. August and September were cooler than average. Which lengthened the season and allowed the grapes to develop interesting flavors and nuances. October provided ideal conditions for the late stages of ripening, with warm, dry weather and temperatures reaching into the mid to high 80s.<br/>Winemaker's Notes<br/>Because Zinfandel is a thin-skinned grape and the season was long, we were very careful about the grape selection after harvest. As in the previous year, our Zinfandel underwent a cold-soak period to maximize color and flavor extraction. Then, each lot was fermented separately in 2 to 4-ton oak fermenters and punch-downs occurred daily. Fermentation progressed slowly into the next year, giving the wine an unsurpassed richness of texture.<br/>Tasting Notes<br/>The 2006 Edizione Pennino Zinfandel is dark, luscious, dense, possessing a mouth filling richness and viscosity. Aromas of raspberry, white pepper and shiso are followed by luscious, ripe flavors of blueberries and blackberries, briar and spice. With a palate this dense and ripe, the profusion of flavor lingers and builds beautifully on the finish.<br/><br/>Appellation: Rutherford, CA<br/>Blend: 100% Zinfandel<br/>Vineyard: 100% Estate-grown and organically certified; Gate, Bridge, Carriage House, Cowbarn, Saddle, Walnut, Mountain, Office, and Woodshed<br/>Barrel Regimen: 17 months new and used French and American oak<br/>Alcohol: 15.4%<br/>Click here to view or print the fact sheet<br/><br/>

Region: USA » California » Napa

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Rubicon Estate:
Situated in Rutherford, one of the premier Cabernet Sauvignon growing regions in California, the Estate strives to preserve the traditions of its predecessor by crafting world-class wines. It took more than twenty years to reunite all of the original vineyards and restore winemaking to the Chateau. Now that this is complete, we have progressed into a new era of innovation, choosing to rename ... Read more
Situated in Rutherford, one of the premier Cabernet Sauvignon growing regions in California, the Estate strives to preserve the traditions of its predecessor by crafting world-class wines. It took more than twenty years to reunite all of the original vineyards and restore winemaking to the Chateau. Now that this is complete, we have progressed into a new era of innovation, choosing to rename the property - Rubicon Estate - after our critically-acclaimed flagship wine. When Gustave Niebaum began his enterprise, there were approximately forty-five wineries in California. Today, there are more than two hundred fifty in Napa Valley alone. None have as rich a history, as remarkable a story, or as innovative a family as Rubicon Estate. Those driven to succeed seldom find satisfaction in mere prosperity, for the struggle to accomplish the remarkable is infinite in scope and measure. During the years when the American wine industry was still in its infancy, a tenacious young sea captain named Gustave Niebaum amassed a small fortune in the Alaskan fur trade. Having achieved financial independence at an early age, Niebaum could have simply retired and still commanded respect from his peers. Instead, a longing for missed European traditions compelled him to launch a winery. Well-read and enthusiastic, Niebaum pursued this goal not as that of a hobbyist, but with a zeal that verged on obsession. In 1880, he founded Inglenook “…to make a Californian wine, if it can be made, that will be sought by connoisseurs and will command as high a price as the famous French, German and Spanish wines.” Niebaum spared no expense. Relentless, fanatical, and intent on perfection, he procured the very best vineyards, planted noble varietals, and designed a winery that was an engineering marvel of its day. Within ten years of founding Inglenook, Niebaum’s wines were lauded by the press, both at home and internationally. In the wake of Prohibition, Susan Niebaum’s grand-nephew John Daniel, Jr. assumed leadership of the winery. Dedicated to continuing the family's tradition of producing world-class wines, Daniel created legendary Cabernet Sauvignon’s which critics have since judged to be among the greatest in the world. Like Niebaum, John Daniel led without compromise. “Pride, not profits,” was his motto and wines were not even bottled unless they met his strict standards of quality. It was a daring way to conduct business but history has proved him right. In 1975, Francis Coppola came upon the historic Inglenook property in his quest for a summer cottage where he could make a little ‘home’ wine like his grandparents once did. Though far more grand than what he and his family initially sought, Coppola was impressed by the Estate’s natural beauty and intrigued by the story of Gustave Niebaum. Feeling somehow connected to the man who shared a similar immigrant success story, Coppola purchased the Estate on his second try and once he learned more about its storied past, vowed to reconstruct the great Estate. Read less

Member Reviews for Rubicon Ed Pennino Zin

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Snooth User: Healy
31380231
4.50 5
05/22/2008

Great with a steak; fruit forward and big nose. Decent berry finish; opens up after a few minutes in the glass. Really enjoyed it.


Snooth User: chrisburnspa
13494240
4.50 5
06/04/2009

This is very nice. Aromas of dark berries and white pepper on the nose. In the mouth, juicy blueberry and blackberry fruit with lots of spice. One of my favorites!


Snooth User: Vez
58977812
5.00 5
09/24/2010

I visited Coppola-Rubicon last November and bought a bottle of this Zinfandel. I wound up giving it to my best client as a birthday gift and we opened it one night while working late. Incredible aroma and the taste was phenomenal. I am going back up to Napa this November and I am making sure that I stop by and get another bottle. Fantastic wine!


Snooth User: jkl33
9406450
3.50 5
10/25/2008

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Rubicon Ed Pennino Zin

External Review
Source: WineChateau.com
10/05/2010

The 2006 Edizione Pennino Zinfandel is dark, luscious, dense, possessing a mouth-filling richness and viscosity. Aromas of raspberry, white pepper and shiso are followed by luscious, ripe flavors of blueberries and blackberries, briar and spice. With a palate this dense and ripe, the profusion of flavor lingers and builds beautifully on the finish.


External Review
Source: Fame Wine and Tobacco
03/16/2010

Rubicon Estate Zinfandel Edizione Pennino 2006 and all other wine from Rubicon Estate are readily available to ship at discount prices. We carry many premium wine from across the world.



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History<br/>The 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 and import company known as "Edizione Pennino." The company's logo depicted two images: the last view of Francesco's homeland, the Bay of Naples, and his first view of America, the Statue of Liberty. Francis Ford Coppola took the design in its original form and used it to identify the estate Zinfandel which, like Francesco Pennino's journey, is the grape most identified with the Italian influence on the California wine industry. To add to the nostalgia, each vintage bottling has one of Pennino's song titles imprinted on the cork.<br/>Vineyard Notes<br/>The Zinfandel for Edizione Pennino is grown in a variety of vineyards scattered across Rubicon Estate's 235 contiguous acres. Two historic clones contribute to Edizione Pennino: Morisoli and Werle. The Morisoli clone provides the wine with blockbuster flavors of spice, cedar, and sweet fruit. The Werle clone adds aromas of chocolate and mocha, as well as a palate of dense, dark fruit.<br/>Organic Farming<br/>For three decades, Rubicon Estate has been farmed organically out of respect for the environment and our vineyard staff, as well as our belief that organic grapes make better wine. Although organically farming Zinfandel provides a challenge because it is vulnerable to mildew or botrytis, the rewards outweigh the extra efforts.<br/>The Vintage<br/>The 2006 vintage experienced seesaw extremes of temperature and rainfall. The year started out with storms and wide-spread flooding. Due to Rubicon Estate's outstanding location on the Rutherford Bench, our well drained soils were unaffected by either. However, the cold wet weather persisted, with record-breaking rainfall until May. This vast amount of rain required us to leave on our edible cover crop until the end of June, to pull water out of our soils. Then we were hit with a July that saw some of the hottest weather in the history of Napa Valley. August and September were cooler than average. Which lengthened the season and allowed the grapes to develop interesting flavors and nuances. October provided ideal conditions for the late stages of ripening, with warm, dry weather and temperatures reaching into the mid to high 80s.<br/>Winemaker's Notes<br/>Because Zinfandel is a thin-skinned grape and the season was long, we were very careful about the grape selection after harvest. As in the previous year, our Zinfandel underwent a cold-soak period to maximize color and flavor extraction. Then, each lot was fermented separately in 2 to 4-ton oak fermenters and punch-downs occurred daily. Fermentation progressed slowly into the next year, giving the wine an unsurpassed richness of texture.<br/>Tasting Notes<br/>The 2006 Edizione Pennino Zinfandel is dark, luscious, dense, possessing a mouth filling richness and viscosity. Aromas of raspberry, white pepper and shiso are followed by luscious, ripe flavors of blueberries and blackberries, briar and spice. With a palate this dense and ripe, the profusion of flavor lingers and builds beautifully on the finish.<br/><br/>Appellation: Rutherford, CA<br/>Blend: 100% Zinfandel<br/>Vineyard: 100% Estate-grown and organically certified; Gate, Bridge, Carriage House, Cowbarn, Saddle, Walnut, Mountain, Office, and Woodshed<br/>Barrel Regimen: 17 months new and used French and American oak<br/>Alcohol: 15.4%<br/>Click here to view or print the fact sheet<br/><br/>

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