Monday, January 18, 2010

29 PresentS

I'm now 29. And so is the wine I'm drinking tonight (at least rounding up) -- the 1981 Louis J. Foppiano 1981 Russian River Valley Petite Sirah Estate Bottled. According to a sticker on the bottle,it was a gold medal winner at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair.

I popped the cork at about 10 am to let it Audouze (highly recommended, IMO, for old PS), and I'm enjoying it right now, about 7 and a half hours later.

Not surPriSingly, this one is still alive. Certainly has one foot in the grave, but the other is well outside it.

Color -- starting to go tawny/brick -- thin 1/8" translucent rim, dark burnt purply orange, amazing depth of color for a 29 year old wine -- I still can't see my fingers when I tilt the wine glass except around the edges.

Nose -- some of the tawny port notes from oxidization (the cork broke), really complex bottle bouquet, some red fruits (cherry compote, raspberry, black cherries), and faint white flowers.

Palate -- mouthwatering acidity. Not a ton of fruit to speak of, and definitely old world. Tannins very fine, I'd call it silky but they're too rustic -- maybe velvet dust would be the best description.

After about half an hour in the glass, it really opens up. The red fruit comes out, perfectly balanced, aromatic, WOW. I would never guess that this wine was nearly 30.

Thanks, Louis!

In other news, and totally by coincidence, Foppiano '03 Reserve showed up as part of my samPleS today...


PSirah Tampa said...

A belated happy birthday to you!

I'm glad the Foppiano held up well. I'm sitting on a 3 Liter '93PS La Grande Anniversaire Centennial Selection. I'm sure it would drink well now, but I think I'll give it a few years....

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Debbie said...

Petite sirahs are some of my favorite.

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