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2009 Foppiano Vineyards Petite Sirah

About the wine

Wine Name: Estate Bottle Petite Sirah
Vineyard-Winery Name: Foppiano Vineyards
Varietal: Petite Sirah
Designated Appellation: Russian River Vallay
Vintage: 2009
Country: United States
Number of Cases Produced: 6,500
Awards & Accolades: San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, 2012 - Bronze Medal
Suggested Retail: $21.00/bottle, $252.00/case

Comments from the winemaker

Marlene Rossman’s Review:

The  old adage  says that “there is nothing petite about Petite Sirah,” but there is something petite about this wine!
Although it is deep, dark and delicious, Foppiano’s “Pets” is crafted with a light touch giving it impeccable balance.

It has flavors of dark stone fruits and vanilla bean,  a hint of smoke on the finish and well integrated soft tannins. 


Production Notes:

While many winemakers treat Petite Sirah like Cabernet, Winemaker Natalie West prefers gentle handling of her Estate Petite Sirah and even treats it like Pinot Noir. Once in the cellar, the grapes experience a gentle press and are 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.



Marlene Rossman

Marlene Rossman
Marlene Rossman, relocated Manhattan Wine Seminars, LLC, from New York to Southern California, where she provides wine seminars and events. She consults for clients on acquiring fine wine. Read More About Marlene