The past few months I have been tasting, or should I say consuming, some really fantastic California wines from many different AVA's. Most notably, Zinfandel and Petite Sirah.
Tonight I am enjoying a Petite Sirah from the Livermore Valley, a Concannon Conservancy 2007.
*disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from Patricia Schneider Associates for review.
A new Conservancy tier of wines from Concannon Vineyard - sourcing grapes only from Livermore vineyards that are protected forever from urban encroachment. "These wines are a tribute to my great-grandfather, James Concannon, who founded our winery in 1883." John Concannon 4th Generation Vintner
The 2007 Petite Sirah, Conservancy has fantastic depth and character. It exhibits a rich nose of fresh berry fruit and the flavorful palate shows blackberries, chocolate, mocha and plums. Subtle notes of molasses, cedarwood, and ripe mulberries are complemented by soft, creamy oak tones and a smooth, silky finish.
Aroma's are full of blackberries and black cherry with hints of blueberry. On the palate, it was all dark plum with some white chocolate leading to a very smooth finish.
Served with a simple "Shake and Bake" chicken with "Stove Top Stuffing." Saved a little for late night TV and enjoyed both.
The 2007 is the first vintage from the new Conservancy program and is available nationally. Suggested retail is $15. Very nice wine, very nice price. A must buy!