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Foppiano Vineyards 2010 Estate Bottled Sauvignon Blanc - Wine Review

Russian River Valley, CA

Our Selection for Wine of the Week July 25, 2011

A bottle of Foppiano Vineyards 2010 Estate Bottled Sauvignon Blanc, our wine of the week

Foppiano Vineyards
2010 Estate Bottled Sauvignon Blanc

Russian River Valley, CA

Founded in 1896 by Giovanni Foppiano in western Sonoma County, Foppiano is one of Northern California's oldest family-owned wineries. In fact, the wine business survived Prohibition by selling home winemaking kits. The family is dedicated to Petite Sirah, their flagship wine. But they also produce noteworthy Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. The 2010 Sauvignon Blanc's nose is a luscious summer salad bowl with notes of honeydew, passion fruit, peaches, kiwi and lemongrass. Similar in style to a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, its lively acidity dances across the tongue and cleanses the palate with a citrus freshness. Bright and crisp, it finishes fairly clean. It would work as either an aperitif or with fresh, summery foods that could benefit from a jolt of acid. Try it with seafood dishes like oysters on the half shell, grilled sea bass or steamed snapper. Or pair it with a vegetarian pasta dish, chicken salad or fresh goat cheeses. The wine would also complement tart, citrus desserts like lemon squares or a lime basil cake.

Rating: 14/20

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Tasting Notes on Foppiano Vineyards 2003 Petite Sirah

(Updated: 07/20/11 BH)

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