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Concannon Vineyard

Concannon Vineyard is considered an American wine pioneer

Profile: Concannon is considered an American wine pioneer. The family-owned venture, which first planted vines in the late 1800s, made history by growing California's first Bordeaux varietals. In 1950, it made history again by hiring the state's first female winemaker, then introduced America's first Petite Sirah eleven years later. Today, with four generations of Concannons working, the winery produces several critically acclaimed Petite Sirahs, including Captain Joe's.

Wine Label of Concannon Vineyard 2008 Captain Joe's Petite Sirah

2008 Captain Joe's Petite Sirah
Varietal/Style: Petite Sirah
Livermore Valley, CA
Vintage: 2008
Winemaker: Julian Halasz
Rating: 13.5/20
Retail Price: $30

Tasting Notes:
On the nose, this limited production wine affectionately named for founder James Concannon's son offers blackberry and black cherry fruit with enticing notes of bramble and clove. On the palate, there are sweet fruit flavors up front with bramble and other earthy notes introduced on the mid and back. The wine lingers with hints of baking spice. A big, bold wine for the price, it is a good choice for an evening by the barbeque. Its ripe fruit, good acidity and earthy finish would harmonize with any char-grilled meat. The wine's sweetness would help it carry through with a berry-based dessert. Or try it with pepper-crusted tuna, grilled portabello mushrooms or pasta Puttanesca.

Wine of the Week July 16, 2012:
2008 Captain Joe's Petite Sirah

Other Concannon wines we have tasted:
2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Selected Vineyard
2004 Limited Release Assemblage Red Wine
2004 Limited Release Stampmakers White Wine
2004 Merlot Selected Vineyard
2005 Limited Release Pinot Gris
2005 Limited Release Petite Sirah
2006 Selected Vineyards Merlot
2006 Selected Vineyards Syrah
2008 Conservancy Petite Sirah
2008 Nina's Cuvée Petite Sirah
2008 Reserve Grenache
2009 Conservancy Crimson & Clover
2009 Late Harvest Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc
2009 Selected Vineyards Petite Sirah
2009 Reserve Merlot
2010 Selected Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

See also:
Concannon Irish Whiskey

4590 Tesla Road
Livermore, CA 94550

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