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Date Printed: 7/22/2014
Foppiano Russian River Merlot 1998
Foppiano Russian River Merlot 1998
(search item no. 37853)

PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $12.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

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.

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About Foppiano:

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. He purchased a working winery called "Riverside Farm" on the same land where today's Foppiano Vineyards still stands and operates.

Petite Sirah, the family's favorite wine, has become the winery's signature wine, and is known nationwide as one of the country's top Petites year-in and year-out.