In 1883, James Concannon, an Irish immigrant, planted his first vineyards and built the winery, becoming one of the first producers to make Bordeaux-style wines in California. In 1961, Concannon made history again by being the first winery in the United States to introduce Petite Sirah to America. Today, Concannon continues to build its reputation on its flagship Petite Sirah bottling. Located in California’s Livermore Valley, the winery also produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc. In 1992, Concannon was purchased by Eric Wente of Wente Vineyards and a group of investors. However, the winery is still a family-run operation, with John Concannon at the helm as the 4th-generation vintner. For more information on the winery and the various wines that are available, be sure to check out our Concannon Wine Reviews.
From the winery that claims to have introduced Petite Sirah as a varietal wine comes this dynamic bottling. It’s full-bodied, dry and tannic, with a deep undertow of blackberry, cherry, plum and coffee flavors, and has a complex structure. Will be beautiful with a grilled steak, but this is a wine you can stash away for at least a decade.
Petite Sirah is Concannon’s specialty, and their Livermore vineyard makes a California classic. The wine is varietally true, with firm, dry tannins framing massive flavors of berries, cherries, chocolate, plums and Asian spicebox. Should age effortlessly for a very long time, in a proper cellar.
A huge wine, power-packed in richness. Cherries, chocolate, raspberries, currants, licorice, even suggestions of spicy pecan pie flood the palate deliciously. Then the tannins kick in, and fierce they are. Acidity is fine, and the finish is bone dry. Drink this superior Petite Sirah now, and it should age for many, many years.
From a Petite Sirah pioneer, a very nice, full-bodied wine that will age. But it’s fine now, with deep flavors of plum and herbs, and thick, dusty tannins. Earns extra points for balance and harmony.
Red Bordeaux varieties can do very well in this appellation if they’ re well cared for, and Concannon has done a terrific job with this ripe, fancy Merlot. It has some big tannins, but they’re the soft, dusty kind that are drinkable now with rich foods. The blackberry flavors break out into currants and cassis.
With serious structure and a firm grip, this 100% Cabernet from Livermore’s vaulty Concannon is a very impressive effort from a strong vintage that’s easy drinking and well integrated, tasting great right now with plenty of rich tannins, pleasing blueberry and cassis with a shot of chocolate on the finish for good measure.
Dusty and plummy on the nose, this is full-bodied on the palate, with black-cherry, chocolate and earth flavors. A briny soy-sauce component sneaks in to add complexity, and there’s a pleasant peppery bite to the finish. Soft tannins make it drinkable now, but it should age well, too.
Classic Pet, tough in tannins, bone dry, full-bodied, and with a big, hearty core of cherries, black-berries, leather and spices. You can drink it now, but it should soften and sweeten through the decade.