Fifteen years after arriving on American soil, Concannon had become a well known and successful wine grower in Northern California. His reputation came to the attention of Porfirio Diaz, dictator of Mexico in the 1880's, who was convinced that viticulture would thrive in Mexico's climate and soil. Ever ready for a new opportunity, James brought his brother from Ireland to run the California vineyard in order to pursue the venture in Mexico. Concannon transported more than a million cuttings in boxcars over the next few years, but the enterprise came to an abrupt end with the Mexican revolution and the overthrow of Diaz. James Concannon's sons entered their father's wine business in 1910, the year before he died. They replaced the original vines, which had been lost to phylloxera, increased the acreage, and planted Cabernet Sauvignon, Johannesburg Riesling, Zinfandel and Petite Sirah. After surviving Prohibition and the Great Depression, direction of Concannon Vineyard passed to another generation, with grandson Joe overseeing the vineyards and grandson Jim heading up the winemaking. In 1964, Concannon released the industry's first varietal Petite Sirah, from the 1961 vintage, and that variety went on to garner numerous awards and become the brand's best known wine. Joe passed away in 1978, and two years later, the Concannon family sold the estate. In 1992, after Concannon had passed through a number of corporate hands, Eric Wente of nearby Wente Vineyards assembled a group of eight investors to buy the property and restore its traditional Livermore Valley focus. Concannon Vineyard is a separate company from Wente Vineyards, running its own operations with distinct vineyards and winemaking facilities. Maintaining the historical link, Jim Concannon has continued marketing the wines with the new partners. Winemaker and general manager Tom Lane signed on with the new team for his first harvest in 1992, and year by year has been recognized for crafting full-flavored, complex wines, winning awards along the way. Since Concannon long ago achieved recognition for its Petite Sirah, a move into Rhône varieties was a natural extension. Lane spent time in the Rhône region in France for research and inspiration in developing the Concannon Vineyard style for Syrah, Viognier and the other Rhône grapes and blends. More than a century of history is tied together by the land itself, the vineyard. Concannon's operations are run from James Concannon's original home, steps from the winery. The property is located in the gravely soil at the southeast end of the Livermore Valley, east of the San Francisco Bay. As the only east-west valley in the region, it is fortunate to have warm, sunny days coupled with cool, breezy evenings, a climate known for producing grapes with a natural balance of sugar and acid. Concannon farms 200 acres of its own grapes, with contracts on another 150, and produces 85,000 cases of wine annually. With recent replantings now bearing fruit, the proportion of estate-grown grapes is steadily rising.
The 2010 Crimson and Clover, Conservancy is a silky blend of Livermore varietals. Aromas of nutmeg, mocha and coconut lead into bright, fruit flavors of blackberry, ripe cherry and plum on the palate. The nutty finish is soft and long with a hint of vanilla. A tribute to the "Father ... more
The 2009 Merlot, Conservancy is a medium-bodied and luscious wine. Aromas and flavors of rich cherry and ripe plum give this wine great character. Secondary notes of cocoa and nutmeg spice lead to a rich, long finish. This wine has lush ripe flavors, fine tannins and great depth. Food Pairing: ... more
Concannon Irish Whiskey is a refined blend of malt Irish whiskey and grain Irish whiskey created by master blender Noel Sweeney. Double distilled for proper balance, character and purity, the whiskey is then matured in barrels for at least four years. What sets Concannon Irish Whiskey apart is that we ... more
Thee 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, Selected Vineyards is a well-balanced wine. It exhibits a rich nose of dark berry fruit flavors, with hints of green olive and vanilla oak. Lively tannins contribute to an ample structure and evolve into a lingering finish. Food Pairing: Rosemary-rubbed Filet Mignon or an Italian Beef ... more
The 2010 Chardonnay, Selected Vineyards is a refreshing wine with crisp fruit flavors. Nice mineral notes and aromatic citrus segue into green apples and sweet oranges on the palate, with a hint of pineapple in the background, is classic Californian varietal has just a touch of oak, and as a ... more
Luscious and full bodied this wine is smooth. It displays supple tannis and flavors of red cherries and a hint of cocoa and espresso that lead to a full finish. Food Pairing: Garlic and rosemary rubbed prime rib, prosciutto-wrapped shrimp, or pork tenderloin. more
The 2010 Petite Sirah, Selected Vineyards has fantastic depth. It exhibits aromas of plum, blackberry and black cherry on the nose. Subtle notes of chocolate and molasses are complemented by carefully structured tannins and a lively finish. more
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