Joe Pennacchio famrs this vineyard in the hills south of Sebastopol. Brian Maloney, who makes the wine at DeLoach, finds it to be one of the first of their pinot sites to reach bud break and one of their last to harvest, something he attributes to the clone (115) and the rootstock (St. George). Even with that long season, the tannins in this wine are aggressive, smoky and black until the bottle has been open for a while. Tasted two days later, the tannins begin to quiet and the dark fruit gains potency, turning juicy and grand. Decant it for braised duck with prunes.
Pennacchio Pinot Noir Reviews
This earthy vineyard-designate from the cooler section of the appellation near Sebastopol is spicy and exotic, bursting in white pepper and cardamom. The bold rich fruit flavors lean into orange peel, rhubarb and pomegranate, complemented well by lingering accents of black tea.
From a site within the cool Sebastopol Hills, this light-bodied wine is earthy, minty and spicy, with length and grace. Smooth and silky on the palate, it shines in dark cherry, cassis and cardamom, and has a memorable, lasting finish.
Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir Pennacchio Vineyard features lovely notes of Bing cherries, pomegranate and rhubarb with touches of rose hip tea, forest floor and black truffles. Medium-bodied and finely textured with soft tannins and offering invigorating freshness, it finishes with lingering red berry notes.
Pale to medium ruby in color, the 2014 Pinot Noir Pennacchio Vineyard offers a delicate floral perfume of roses and violets over cranberries, pomegranate and rhubarb notes plus a waft of forest floor. Medium-bodied, the palate possesses great elegance and poise with soft, silky tannins texturing the understated red berry and earth flavors, finishing with an herbal lift.
A relatively high-toned nose presents notes of red cherry, raspberry and a hint of cranberry. The medium-bodied flavors possess a seductive mouth feel that is lush and generously proportioned before terminating in a moderately long, dusty and warm finish. This is sufficiently forward that it could easily be enjoyed now though be sure to maintain a proper serving temperature as the warmth is otherwise quite noticeable.