Concannon has been in the Livermore Valley of California for over 125 years and is a pioneer in the US wine market. The family introduced the first Petite Sirah to the United States and is now celebrating 50 years of Petite Sirah! Other 'firsts' include hiring the first female winemaker in the 1950's. Additionaly, they established a number of Cabernet Sauvignon clones which are being used throughout the Napa region today. Concannon is environmentally conscious and has been working to reuse materials, use green design, and employ renewable energy.
Concannon has four 'conservancy' wines, which are grown in Livermore Valley on protected land. Recently I was able to try two of Concannon's Conservancy wines, Merlot and their acclaimed Petite Sirah.
Concannon Conservancy 2008 Merlot
The Concannon Conservancy 2008 Merlot has hues of deep purple and red and has a pepper and leather aroma. I have tried it both immediately after pouring and waiting 15 minutes for the wine to aerate. The initial sip tastes of berry with a crisp finish. After waiting for the wine to aerate, it tasted of berry and cloves and had a smoother finish. I think this wine is a great buy and would love to taste it again after another two to three years of aging. I enjoyed this wine with hamburgers and hearty pasta dishes.
2008 Concannon Conservancy Petite Sirah
This Petite Sirah is a very ink-like, deep purple shade. The wine smells of smoke and cherry. It almost reminds me of the scent of a dark, historic study. It tastes crisp with notes of oak and cherry. I preferred this wine after ten minutes of being poured. I enjoyed this Petite Sirah with pork tenderloin and lighter pasta dishes. Again, I think this wine tastes great now and would also be a fantastic wine to buy and keep to age another two to four years.
Concannon wines are available nationwide for under $20. The bottles also give you some quick tasting notes and pairing suggestions. Their labels are great for those that are new to wine tasting. Of course, you can always stop in and do a tasting if you are in Livermore Valley, California. You can see you the vineyard, experience the history, and taste their wines all at once!
For more information about the Concannon's award winning wines, http://www.concannonvineyard.com/.
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