A consistently fine wine, and the ’97 doesn’t miss a beat. Lavender and rose-petal aromas lead into a full mouthfeel that maintains terrific balance. Warm and spicy, the black fruit mixes nicely with some light woody notes. This one is drinkable right now, but the mildly tannic finish indicates that it will improve over the next 18 months.
This is an intricate, detailed Pet that’s not as heavy or tannic, and considerably more complex, than most. It has the weight of a fine Zin, with rich flavors of spiced plums, blackberries, espresso, clove and anise, and a brambly finish of fresh, wild berries and pepper.
From a family that pioneered “Pet” in Sonoma, and one that clearly still understands what to do with it, comes this dense, layered wine. It’s young, brooding and tannic. This isn’t a wimpy drink-me-now wine. It’s built to last, and Foppiano Petite Sirahs age gracefully and improve in the bottle for many years.
Nobody in California tries harder than Foppiano, and it’s dry, robust, tannic and well-made, with a core of sweet blackberry fruit that should hold it well for a long time. Could be great with a rich sirloin steak in a dark reduction sauce.
A dry, medium-bodied Pinot that shows very ripe fruit, easy tannins and a crisp bite of acidity. The flavors are delicious, all black cherries, sweet rhubarb tea, cola, vanilla and cinnamon. It’s a wine you’ll find yourself reaching for a second and a third time.
Here’s an elegant Pinot Noir that restaurateurs should buy for its food companionability. The mouthfeel has a lighter style than some Pinots. But it’s packed with flavor, and is bone dry and crisp, making it ideal for steaks and chops or even Asian fusion. The flavors suggest cherries, black raspberries, root beer, tangerine zest, cloves, pepper and cinnamon.
This lovely wine, from Sonoma’s oldest family-owned winery, continues the Foppiano tradition of excellent value. It has correct flavors of blackberry liqueur, with an olive-y streak, and is very dry and balanced. Shows plenty of grace and harmony.
No winery has associated itself more with Petite Sirah than Foppiano. That understanding shows in this wine, which wrestles the variety’s rustically wild nature into something resembling submission. Still, it retains its dry, tannic edge, with all sorts of forest berry and herb flavors. Will live for many years, gradually softening.