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Blackberry, blueberry, and cassis qualities are the hallmark aromas of this Merlot. In addition, a minty note is almost always evident, marking the characteristic terroir of the Foppianos Russian River Valley ranch. The six months in oak provide a roundness in the mouth, and leaves a hint of cedar on the palate. It is the ripe fruit which is in the spotlight however. This is the character the Foppianos emphasize in their Merlot.
This Merlots juicy youthfulness makes it an excellent match with Spring Lamb, herbed pastas and grilled brochette of beef. It also makes an excellent companion to chocolate-based desserts, and fruit salads with dark berries as the main ingredient.
Foppiano Vineyards was founded in 1896 by Giovanni Foppiano, a native of Genoa, Italy. Giovanni emigrated from Italy to San Francisco in 1864, walking across the isthmus of Panama en route. He hoped to find his riches in the gold fields of California.
It was Giovanni who founded Foppiano Vineyards after moving to Healdsburg, California when his search for gold was unrewarding....Read More About Foppiano
The Russian River Valley is named as such due to its proximity to the Russian River, the river itself named for the Russian fur traders who came down from Alaska in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The Russian River is agricultural land. While there is a focus on wine, beyond the vineyards are many small, family-owned farms cultivating everything from cattle to...Read More About Russian River
No second fiddle
Merlot is coming back into its own. High popularity led to mass production, which then led to a backlash towards the variety (remember Miles in Sideways?). But passionate Merlot producers, and of course the right bank of Bordeaux, continued to produce quality versions of this grape. Merlot remains the principle grape of top chateaux in St...Read More About Merlot
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