PRESS & ACCOLADES

Accolades for 2013 Foppiano Gianna’s Block Petite Sirah Russian River Valley:

  • Sonoma County Harvest Fair, 2016: Double Gold Medal awarded.

Accolades for 2012 Foppiano Estate Petite Sirah Russian River Valley:

  • The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker): 90 PointsThe 2012 Petite Sirah Estate, a long-time specialty of this winery, is a beautifully made wine displaying pure blueberry and black raspberry fruit as well as hints of camphor, incense and white flowers. Full-bodied with civilized tannins, an incremental, lush, full-bodied mouthfeel, and a long finish, it is approachable now, but will keep 10-15, possibly 20 years. This long-established winery seems to have a sensible approach to offering value.”
  • Sonoma County Harvest Fair, 2015: Silver Medal awarded.

Accolades for 2014 Foppiano Estate Chardonnay Russian River Valley:

  • Sonoma County Harvest Fair, 2016: Silver Medal awarded.

Accolades for 2013 Foppiano Estate Chardonnay Russian River Valley:

  • Sonoma County Harvest Fair, 2015: Silver Medal awarded.

Accolades for 2014 Foppiano Estate Zinfandel Russian River Valley:

  • Sonoma County Harvest Fair, 2016: Silver Medal awarded.

Accolades for 2013 Foppiano Estate Zinfandel Russian River Valley:

  • Sonoma County Harvest Fair, 2015: Silver Medal awarded.

Accolades for 2015 Foppiano Estate Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley:

  • Sonoma County Harvest Fair, 2016: Silver Medal awarded.

Accolades for 2014 Foppiano Estate Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley:

  • Sonoma County Harvest Fair, 2015: Silver Medal awarded.

Accolades for 2012 Foppiano Nonno’s Block Zinfandel Russian River Valley

  • The Wine Advocate (Robert Parker): 90 Points “The impressive 2012 Zinfandel Nonno’s Block is an homage to the family’s patriarch, Louis J. Foppiano. It reveals more oak than its sibling as well as a lofty 14.9% alcohol level, and is more fruit-driven and jammy than the basic Estate cuvée. Deep, rich and heady, this is an outstanding Zinfandel selling at a remarkably fair price. Drink now-2020. This long-established winery seems to have a sensible approach to offering value.”

Accolades for 2011 Foppiano Estate Petite Sirah Russian River Valley:

  • Wine & Spirits Magazine: 91 Points BEST BUY   “…Aromas of black pepper and juniper. This is a Petite that leans into structure rather than jamminess, vertical in its energy.”

Accolades for 2009 Foppiano Estate Bottled Pinot Noir Russian River Valley:

Accolades for 2008 Estate Bottled Petite Sirah Russian River Valley:

  • Wine Spectator: “Plush plum and raspberry flavors come across with details of mineral, earth, framboise, mushroom, pepper and spice. The tannins firm up on the finish. Drink now through 2019. 88 points.”
  • Chicago Tribune: “Gobs of everything — color, concentration, depth, richly rendered tannin — across a spectrum of savors and aromas of chocolate, blackberry, blueberry and spice. A wallop delivered stealthily.”
  • Baltimore Sun: “This estate-bottled petite sirah is a burly wine with a gentle soul. It combines full-bodied fruit and high alcohol (a heady 15.2 percent) with a silky-smooth texture. It delivers as much complexity as many a three-figure cabernet — with flavors of blackberry, blueberry, vanilla, chocolate, white pepper and earth. Though the tannins are soft, it has the backbone to improve for at least 5-10 years. Frugal collectors might want to lay down a case.”
  • Press Democrat: “A tasty petite sirah with a seamless texture. Notes of blueberry, black cherry, white pepper and chocolate. Great concentration of flavors.”
  • Palm Beach Post: “This wine is a big force in the glass, with a powerful nose of cherries and blackberries, and some vanilla in there. On taste, it’s full-bodied and deep, bold and balanced. It’s got a spicy edge to it, which I really liked, along with blackberries, earth, leather and again a touch of vanilla and licorice. This is a not a wine for the shy, because it’s also high in alcohol (about 15.2 percent). But it’s totally worth it. Pair this beauty with some steak or barbecue and you’ll have a meal worth remembering.”
  • Snooth.com: “Black fruit, spice and earth on the nose, with some violet undertones and a sweet candied red plum note. Big and a bit inky on entry with nice blue and black fruits up front over some toasty oak. Tannins are a bit spicy and stiff from the oak. Nice balance, neither overly dense nor thick, but a little youthfully chewy. Lots of blueberry fruit on the backend with a short, drying, woody finish. The finish shows a touch of heat as well but this is solid Petite. 87pts”
  • Wine and Good Food.com: “It has a nose of rich dark chocolate, ripe blueberries, blackberries, and a hint of spice. It starts off with big fruit tastes of dark cherry and blueberry with a little heat from the alcohol. The finish is smooth with a combination of earthy tannins, a touch of spice, and a bit of lingering cherry. This is a complex wine and I am enjoying the integration of all of the flavors. B+.”
  • TaylorEason.com: “Foppiano Vineyards knows how to tame the beastly Petite Sirah tannins, crafting an elegant, full-bodied, raspberry jammy wine with spicy cinnamon, cherry cola, cassis, concentrated blueberry and sweet tobacco. On the finish is toasty oak and a swath of soft leather. Lots going on and this was a huge crowd pleaser at a recent blind tasting. 4 out of 5 stars.”
  • Tampa Creative Loafing Newspaper: “Dark as ink, the 2008 Estate Bottled Petite Sirah was plain wonderful. A berry-palooza, with some nifty spiciness. And worth every cent of its modest price. Foppiano also makes a Reserve Petite Sirah, which runs around twice the price.”
  • Buffalo News: “The 2008 has the deep color, brawny tannins and rich dark berry and chocolate flavors of a classic petite sirah.”
  • WineLife365.com: “Silky-smooth, bursting with massive blackberry, blueberry, chocolate – all beautifully complimented with a beautiful aroma of anise, eucalyptus and white pepper spice. For under $20, it’s easily one of the most beautifully crafted red wines that we’ve tried so far in 2011. 4 stars out of 4.”
  • The Blog Wine Cellar: “On the nose I get brilliant aromas of deliciously ripe black currant, blueberry, wild flowers, and subtle hints of vanilla bean and savory dark chocolate. Very pretty… On the palate the wine is quite spicy and displays a unique array of flavors such as blueberry, blackberry, white pepper,  graham cracker, and vanilla. I like how the wine doesn’t have an over-cloying texture like many Petite Sirah’s often do. The wine finishes with some really nice firm tannin and a sweet black cherry note that lingers for around 30 seconds.”
  • SavvyTaste.com: “Delicious in that distinctly PS way: rich, black as a sinner’s heart, aromatic, with intense black-fruit flavors and a long smooth finish.”
  • DrinkHacker.com: “A notoriously tricky grape that makes often unpalatable wines, Foppiano proves it has the chops for handling Petite Sirah with aplomb. Aplomb to spare, even. The nose says plum and violets, but the body takes us to the woodshop: Fresh cut lumber, sawdust, and steel, plus underbrush, chocolate, more plums, and a tightly wound core of fruit. The tannin is surprisingly manageable here, and this Petite becomes fairly easy drinking within minutes of opening and aerating. Petite Sirah can so often be rough and obscenely tannic. Thank God someone knows what they’re doing. A- “
  • Ken’s Wine Guide: “This Petite Sirah was wine that the panel thought they could serve as an reasonably priced every day offering for those who enjoy this grape. It is opaque and dark purple colored. It opens with a mild red cherry bouquet with a hint of blackberry. On the palate, it is medium bodied, balanced, and soft. The flavor profile is a gentle blueberry and tart plum blend with a touch of cedar. The finish is very dry and its tannins are sticky and nicely prolonged.”
  • Winefoot.com: “Nose: Ink-laced blueberry compote. star anise, black licorice, tar, tobacco and dark chocolate. Taste: I get a really good black pepper note coming through that’s being carried by blueberry, blackberry jam and miso. Squid ink and pencil lead flavors pick up across the mid palate but don’t totally abandon the fruit. Good acidity and dryness make this a food-friendly wine with a finish that hangs out rather well. Overall a solid effort – a good wine for grilled foods.”
  • Palate Press: “A wine as dark as India ink. An alcoholic nose (15.2%) with lots of intriguing aromas of anise, dark chocolate, and blackberries. Somewhat tannic, but the fruit comes around; just seems to take longer to emerge. Some black coffee and vanilla flavors in the black fruit. The Russian River character comes out: nice to have something from RR Valley other than Pinot Noir. Rich finish. This will benefit from some aging to harmonize. I had with an Indian curry and it worked nicely. Highly recommended.”