2008 Foppiano Petite Sirah – Review

Not to be at all confused with Syrah, Petite Sirah is actually called the Durif grape, named after the man who discovered it, Francious Durif. It is believed to have been a result from the mixing of Syrah and Peloursin flowers.

Foppiano was founded in 1896 by Giovaani Foppiano, making it one of California’s oldest wineries and one which also has a good pedigree of producing quality wines.

Technical Data:

  • Wine Type: Bold Red Wine\
  • Varietal: Petite Sirah
  • Appellation: Russian River
  • Harvest Date: 9-16 through 10-16-08
  • Acid: 0.55G/100ML
  • PH: 3.67
  • Barrel Aging: 70% neutral oak, 25% new french oak, 5% new hungarian oak
  • Bottling Date: 7-7 through 7-9-10
  • Alcohol %: 15.2
  • Price: $20

Nose: Ink-laced blueberry compote. star anise, black licorice, tar, tobacco and dark chocolate.

Taste: I get a really good black pepper note coming through that’s being carried by blueberry, blackberry jam and miso. Squid ink and pencil lead flavors pick up across the mid palate but don’t totally abandon the fruit. Good acidity and dryness make this a food-friendly wine with a finish that hangs out rather well. Overall a solid effort – a good wine for grilled foods.

I’d love to try this wine with some more age on it – it’s showing even greater potential!

W.E.P. Rating: 90%

On the web: http://www.foppiano.com