|~ Welcome to Foppiano Vineyards ~|
In 1896, when Giovanni Foppiano emigrated to the United States from Genoa Italy, he headed to California in search of the gold rush. Like many Italian immigrants whose search for gold became an unrewarding experience, Giovanni settled in Sonoma, near the town of Healdsburg and did what many Italian immigrants before him did. He made wine. The rest as they often say, is history and thank God.
Today Foppiano is run by Paul Foppiano, the great grandson of Giovanni, and sits on 160 meticulously care for acres in the Russian River section of Sonoma Valley. While the Russian River may be synonymous with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Petite Sirah has also found a home here and no one does a better job with it than Foppiano.
I've been a ravenous fan of Foppiano Petite Sirah since the 1997 vintage was being sold for $9 per bottle and back then, I bought it by the case. Today, the price has crept up to about $15, but if you want a full bodied, yet food friendly versatile bottle of wine, buy this one by the case too! Yes, it's that good.
The 2009 Foppiano Petite Sirah is a beautiful blackish purple in the glass. Super dark, as you would expect from a Petite. It's got wonderful aromas of black fruit, licorice, herbs, slight toast and shaley dust. On the palate, the wine is full bodied, yet fresh - with an almost Italian level of acidity. This allows the wine to pair well with a variety of foods beyond the spectacular match of grilled beef. Flavors of black fruits, fresh savory herbs, espresso, licorice and a slight meaty component provide complexity you don't expect and won't often see in a wine that's under $20. The balance between fruit, acids and tannins are well done and while you could easily cellar this for 8-10 years, there's no need to do so. This is delicious right now. Paired well with Insalata Caprese Stackers, grilled mushrooms, smoked chorizo and other various appetizers. 91 points, about $15. Best buy!
|~ 2009 Foppiano Petite Sirah ~|