Honoring the expedition of one thousand men, who turned a collection of small Italian provinces into a single nation.
In 1860, one thousand men undertook a dangerous sea expedition led by Giuseppe Garibaldi leading to the collapse of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, and the unification of one nation. One of the thousand brave men was Francis’s Great Grandfather Francesco Pennino. Made in honor of those brave men that altered the history of a nation, we’ve created a limited production Petite Sirah, I Mille.
Residing northwest of Dry Creek Valley, the Rockpile AVA differs from its neighboring appellation in several ways. Not only does it sit at a higher elevation, its steep vineyards are very shallow, and a persistent wind blows across the area every afternoon diminishing the soil’s moisture. Though the conditions are harsh, they are exactly what Petite Sirah needs to produce extracted and highly fragrant fruit.
Full of ripeness, the resulting wine is exceptionally balanced because of its solid structure. Full bodied, dark, and inky, this powerhouse Petite Sirah offers rich flavors of black currants, boysenberries, and cherries, along with notes of mocha and espresso. There’s great complexity here and the flavors keep evolving as the wine opens up, making our 2014 I Mille tremendously compelling.
100% Petite Sirah
18 months in French oak; 100% new oak