The decadent and forbidden flavors of our Big House® Zinfandel come from grapes harvested from stately vineyards throughout California. This is a wine bursting with intense flavors of dark cherry, blackberry and mocha followed by notes of toasty oak and vanilla. It’s full on the palate, with rich aromas and bold fruit flavors that linger on the tongue from the first sip to the very last drop. Just like Frank “the Enforcer,” this Zin promises you’ll never forget what hit you.
Francesco Nitto, also known as Frank Nitti or “Frank the Enforcer,” was Al Capone’s right hand man, bodyguard, and later succeeded him as the boss of the Chicago outfit. Nitto ran Capone’s bootlegging operation during Prohibition, importing liquor from Canada and selling it through a network of speakeasies throughout Chicago. Often considered more of a “front boss,” Nitto used mafia soldiers to make his hits, rather than doing the dirty work himself. In 1943, Nitto along with other members of the Chicago outfit were indicted for extorting money from the Hollywood film industry. Nitto took his fate into his own hands and ended his life rather than face the grand jury and a second stint in the “Big House. ”
Prohibition shook America’s foundation. It turned men into mobsters, drove ladies to lawlessness and transformed bootleggers into heroes. Big House® wines are inspired by these bootleggers, who helped bring Prohibition to an end and paid their dues in the Big House. Established in 1990 in Monterey County California, Big House Wine Co. receives its namesake due to the close proximity to the Soledad Correctional Facility, A. K. A. “The Big House. ” Our wines are crafted to deliver a fruit-forward style with an unrestrained full-mouth character that is big, bold and unapologetic.