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I Mille Petite Sirah 2014

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Featuring Rockpile Petite Sirah

Extremely limited production

Retail: $42.00
Member Price $36.00
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Honoring the expedition of one thousand men who turned a collection of small Italian provinces into a single nation. 

In 1860, Giuseppe Garibaldi led one thousand men, including Francis’ Great Grandfather Francesco Pennino, on a dangerous sea expedition to the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies where they undertook a daring military campaign for Italian unification. Made in honor of those brave men that altered the history of a nation, we created our limited production I Mille. 

ROCKPILE

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 with soils ranging from loam to red clay loam with gravel on top. Because the soil is of fairly poor quality, vine stress occurs. This contributes to low yields and small berries with intense concentration. A persistent wind that blows across the area every afternoon diminishes soil moisture further. Though the conditions are harsh, they are exactly what Petite Sirah needs to produce extracted and highly fragrant fruit.

VINTAGE

2014 saw one of the earliest harvests on record and a continuation of dry conditions in California. In spite of these variables, the vintage offered an outstanding crop of extremely high fruit quality because of the dry, warm weather. Our Petite Sirah from this vintage is extremely dark in color and demonstrates a great deal of density and dimension.

WINE NOTES

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.

Appellation: Rockpile

Blend: 100% Petite Sirah

Alcohol: 14.8%

Aged: 18 months in French oak; 100% new oak

The I Mille wine is not eligible for case discounts or any online promotional discounts.

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