Foppiano Vineyards 2008 Petite Sirah

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 )

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+