Published, B-Metro magazine, June 2010
Concannon Vineyard releases the most important wine series of its history.
By Jan Walsh
Photography by Beau Gustafson
Concannon Conservancy Chardonnay 2008 and Conservancy Petite Sirah 2007 reflect the true varietal character and unique terroir of the Livermore Valley. And they are a celebration of the preservation of Livermore Valley.
The rocky and gravely soil, coastal fog and San Francisco Bay’s marine breezes make Livermore Valley a great winegrowing region. Here James Concannon founded his winery in 1883. Yet by 1996 his great-grandson and fourth generation vintner, John Concannon realized that rapid urbanization was threatening this wine region. He led the conservation effort by being the first to place his vineyard—Concannon Vineyard—into a permanent conservation easement. Afterwards other Livermore vineyard owners followed his lead, which not only protects the land but also the quality of their simpler way of life.
Sourced exclusively from Livermore vineyards, the Conservatory Wine Series carries on the Concannon tradition of creating world-class wines at affordable prices. Conservancy Chardonnay 2008 ($15) is both creamy and fruity with notes of pear and peach with hints of lemon and guava. Pair with an herbed pork loin or a creamy pasta dish. Concannon was the first to produce and varietally label Petite Sirah in America in 1961. And the Conservancy Petite Sirah 2007 ($15) lives up to this rich history. Deep nuances of blackberry, plum and chocolate with hints of cedar, molasses and oak synthesize into a rich and flavorful wine of great character. Pair with barbecued chicken or lamb.
“Both wines celebrate the preservation of the Livermore Valley for future generations by showcasing the best of what this region has to offer,” Concannon says. “I know that my great-grandfather, would be proud. I am.”