2009 Foppiano Vineyards Petite Sirah Estate Bottled

Year: 2009
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Country: USA-California
Wine Spectator: 88
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.9%
Price :
$13.95
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LIKE THE OLD DAYS!

"A firm, robust wine, with plenty of ripe wild berry flavors and touches of beef bouillon, bay leaf and red licorice. The intensity of the flavors is matched with the density of the tannins. A beefy wine in more ways than one. Drink now through 2024. 6,500 cases made." (WS)

Winery Notes:
V I N E Y A R D S
Located just south of the town of Healdsburg, Foppiano Vineyards sits on 160 acres in the acclaimed appellation of the Russian River Valley. Cool morning fog and warm summer days create an ideal microclimate for grape growing. The Foppiano family has been producing world class fruit on this land since its purchase in 1896. Today the vineyard is planted to Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, and Sauvignon Blanc on the warmer bench lands, and Pinot Noir and Chardonnay on the cooler lower lying land close to the Russian River.

W I N E M A K I N G
While many winemakers treat Petite Sirah like Cabernet, Winemaker Natalie West prefers gentle handling of her Estate Petite Sirah and goes so far as to treat it like her Pinot Noir. Once in the cellar, the Petite Sirah experiences a gentle press and is fermented in open top fermenters with punch downs three times a day. To help control tannins Natalie only uses 30 percent new oak. While most of the oak is French, she does like a touch of American oak to add a little sweetness to the finish. After the aging process the barrels are blended before bottling.

T A S T I N G N O T E S
On the nose blueberries and dark chocolate are the predominant aromatics with a touch of floral and spice. Flavors of blueberry, blackberry and black cherry commingle with hints of graham cracker and vanilla and a touch of white pepper. The well structured tannins produce a long silky finish with fruit to the end.