The Penny Lane Vineyard is located in Oakville at the heart of the Napa Valley. This is a unique vineyard site at just 3/4 acre of Sangiovese and entirely surrounded by Cabernet Sauvignon. The 20 year old vines show that even fine Sangiovese can be grown in the land of Cabernet giants. Oakville has always been Cabernet focused and for any other varietal to survive, it has to be something truly special. Penny Lane Sangiovese has always held up to that standard. One way in which we achieve the full potential and complexity of the small acreage is by “dry-farming,” or demanding the vines grow without supplied water the entire growth season. A somewhat rare technique critical in the making of this wine is ripasso. Ripasso is an Italian term describing the use of the skins of one varietal during fermentation to lend its qualities to the juice of another. Italian Amarone wines are made in this fashion. Although very inexact in its science, it is a wonderfully artistic method and tool that when used correctly gives most Sangiovese proper weight and density. The old vine Charbono skins lend incredible amounts of flavor and dark purple color to the wine that it possibly would not have had otherwise. Via ripasso, we are able to give this wine the opportunity to marry from day one, resulting in a wine with much fuller body and ripe character. The wine was aged for 19 months in one-year-old used Francois Frères tight grain French Oak barrels. Indigenous malolactic fermentation was employed.