Made in honor of those brave men that altered the history of a nation, we created our limited production I Mille
Made in honor of those brave men that altered the history of a nation, we created our limited production I Mille.
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.
Rich and intense, the 2016 I Mille Petite Sirah offers density on the palate and velvety tannins. This wine is as big and powerful as ever with a lush perfume of black fruits, florals, and spices. Lush flavors of huckleberries, plums, and crème de cassis are highlighted by aromatic notes of cloves, black pepper, and seasoned woods. There is purity to this vintage that amplifies the length and boldness of this wine.
Located 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. The loam and red clay soils have a gravel top and few nutrients. This results in vine stress that contributes to low yields and small berries with intense concentration. The area also experiences a persistent wind that blows across the vineyards every afternoon which further concentrates the fruit by drying out the soil. Though the conditions are harsh, they are exactly what Petite Sirah needs to produce extracted and highly fragrant fruit.
2016 could be characterized as a traditional growing season where cold, wet winter weather prolonged the maturation period and prepared the vines for good yields. The extra hang time the fruit needed created excellent flavor concentration and riper tannins. Harvest was spread out over many weeks, creating a slow pace that allowed the winemaking team to devote more attention to each batch of fruit. This extra care resulted in exceptional fruit quality that shines through in this wine.