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WineMaker Spotlight, Winemakers, Natalie West, Foppiano Vineyards, Russian River Valley, Sonoma Valley, California

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Natalie West of Foppiano Vineyards is a great addition to my ongoing WineMaker Spotlight series. I love Natalie’s wines, and had the delight of meeting her in person over an extended, and wonderful, tasting and touring session on the gorgeous grounds of Foppiano in the Russian River Valley. In her interview, Natalie tells us a little […]

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Foppiano Vineyards / Winery & Vineyard Visits / Sonoma Valley, Russian River Valley, California

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I adore Foppiano Vineyards. The wines, the people, the grounds, the vibe. True, real, professional, elegant, delicious. I’ve long been a fan of Natalie West‘s wine crafting, so visiting Foppiano in person had been on my wish list for years. Natalie gave me a fascinating tour around their ample, and gorgeous, grounds and then guided […]

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USA, Chardonnay, Foppiano, Russian River Valley, 2009

N/ Wet hay. Huge minerality. Clean, angular, yellow fruits and apples. Classic Chardonnay nose displaying great structure and nicely layered with touches, not boatloads, of oak. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Acid in totally harmony with glycerol weight. Clean, crisp, but not remotely thin. Reminiscent of one of my favorite Chardonnay producers, Far Niente. This is classy, […]

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USA, Petite Sirah, Foppiano, Russian River Valley, 2008

Note: best after 2 – 3 hours post decant. N/ Earth, flint, white pepper, light sage, mushroom, light game. T/ Medium full to full mouthfeel. Medium high tannic bite. High acid feel for the varietal. Big muscular black and purple fruits. Graham crackers. Long but distinctly chalky finish. I’ve loved all the Foppiano wines I’ve […]

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USA, Sauvignon Blanc, Foppiano, Russian River Valley, 2009

N/ Dry river stones. Field grasses. Tomato leaves – interesting! Lime zest. T/ Light mouthfeel. A tad sparse on the flavors (stone fruits), but clean and bright. Great acid. Light steel. Light toast. Refreshing to be sure! Winemaker = Natalie West Retail = $18 Brilliant. 92 This wine was a media sample kindly provided by the […]

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USA, Pinot Noir, Foppiano, Russian River Valley, 2008

N/ Extremely rich, velvety cherries. Clean oaks. Strawberry. Light candy. Wet soil. Fantastic! T/ Full mouthfeel. Fat, dripping cherries and blackberries. Elegant structure. Long, full finish. Winemaker = Natalie West Retail = $25 Brilliant. 93 This bottle was a media sample kindly provided by the winery.

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USA, Rose of Petite Sirah and Pinot Noir, Foppiano, Russian River Valley, 2009

Foppiano’s Estate bottled Rose. Blend of 55% Petite Sirah and 45% Pinot Noir. N/ Strawberry. Elegant florals. The aromas of the earth after a fresh spring rain. Seriously. Touch of smoke . One of the best Rose noses I’ve ever encountered. Almost magical. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Perfectly balanced. Nice acid throughout her entire delivery. Elegant […]

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