About This Wine
The Foppiano family has been crafting wine in Sonoma County since 1896.
Giovanni Foppiano founded the winery, and survived Prohibition by selling home winemaking kits. Over the years, the family has made many different wines, but it has become famous for crafting truly exceptional Petite Sirah.
“As our flagship wine, we constantly work to make our Petite Sirah better with each vintage,” says Paul Foppiano, who heads the family business today. “It is our goal to take it from a great wine to an elite caliber wine.” Toward that end, winemaker Natalie West treats the Petite Sirah grapes with the tender, loving care normally reserved for Pinot Noir.
Then, as is done with many “elite caliber” wines, she blends in small amounts of other varieties to lend balance and complexity. For the 2009 “Lot 96” bottling, those varieties included Carignane, Zinfandel and Grenache. The finished product is rich, jammy, delicious and, we believe, elite.
About Petite Sirah
Petite Sirah can be described as black peppery, but can mostly be described as "vinous" and, agreeable, pleasant, and sometimes delicious, not highly distinctive. Wines made from Petite Sirah age slowly and can survive fairly long cellaring of ten years or more.
- Grape Composition:80% Petite Sirah, 10% Carignane, 5.5% Zinfandel and 4.5% Grenache
- Grape Source:Sonoma County, California
- Aromas & Flavors:Blackberry, Black Cherry, Strawberry, Pepper & Caramel
- Aging Vessels:New and Neutral French and Hungarian Oak Barrels
- When to Drink:Now Through 2016
- Food Pairing Suggestiongrilled meats, or aged cheeses.
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