The 2004 Foppiano Vineyards Estate Petite Sirah was made entirely from estate Petite Sirah grapes, grown on the family's Russian River Valley Estate. It is full-bodied and deeply colored. In the nose, the Petite offers black fruit aromas, which are well met on the palate with black and blue berry flavors, as well as toasty vanilla, exotic spices, and hints of cocoa on the finish. Best served with red meat dishes, hearty pastas, full-flavored cheeses, roasted pork, or roasted wild boar.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesHere is an old-fashioned Petite Sirah that eschews obvious fruit for plenty of peppery spice and hard-charging tannin. While it rushes headlong to formidable finishing astringency, it will likely win the nod from real fans of the grape because of the ongoing impressions of muscle and mass that undeniably keep it within the varietal fold.
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