I have always liked Petite Sirah but after having the opportunity to take this tasting journey I am beginning to love it. Every time I open a bottle I am excited to see what new flavors and subtleties I am going to encounter. Today I am going to enjoy a bottle that Foppiano Vineyards kindly sent to me as a sample. Foppiano Vineyards is one of Sonoma County’s oldest vineyards. What began in 1896 is now a 160 acre family estate nestled in the Russian River Valley.
About the Wine- From the Winery
Foppiano’s 2008 Estate Bottled Petite Sirah comes from the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County. It is 100% Petite Sirah and has a 15.2% alcohol content. The wine was harvested Sept-Oct 2008 and bottled July 2010. The wine retails for around $20. (For more info see www.foppiano.com )
Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine
The Foppiano Petite Sirah pours a dark plum. It has a nose of rich dark chocolate, ripe blueberries, blackberries, and a hint of spice. It starts off with big fruit tastes of dark cherry and blueberry with a little heat from the alcohol. The finish is smooth with a combination of earthy tannins, a touch of spice, and a bit of lingering cherry. This is a complex wine and I am enjoying the integration of all of the flavors.
Foppiano’s 2008 Petite Sirah is a great wine, especially for the price of $20. It’s only going to get better over time so I would suggest you buy a bottle to enjoy now and cellar one for later. Cheers!
My Wine Rating- B+