Best of Class
2016 Dan Berger International Wine Competition
2016 North Coast Wine Challenge
2016 Sommelier Challenge
2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
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 Cabernet Franc, I Mille.
Its fruit hails from Knights Valley, one of the warmest Sonoma County sub-appellations, making it an ideal location for Bordeaux varietals such as Cabernet Franc. Located at the base of the Mayacamas Mountains, the range that separates Sonoma from the Napa Valley, Knights Valley is comprised of warm, fertile, volcanic soils that reside at a slightly higher elevation than most other Sonoma vineyards, out of range from any fog or chilly marine conditions. Because of the consistent warm weather and the lack of evening chill, the fruit from this region ripens beautifully and develops high concentration and fragrance.
I Mille exhibits exceptional balance, offering rich, succulent flavors of red cherries, blackberries, and currants, along with intriguing notes of tobacco, cloves, and violets. Its tannins are supple and well integrated from two years of aging in French oak.
100% Cabernet Franc
24 months in French oak; 50% new oak