Early Mountain Foothills Red
The 2018 Foothills is based in Merlot, a grape known for its plush, black-fruited flavors. We have that here, but we also find the smoky, peppered, herbal-mint combination of the Cabernet Franc and Syrah roaming the periphery of the aromas and flavors. These accents and the dash of sit-up-straight structure from the Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon provide counterpoint to the wine’s fruit-given charm. This year we played with a small addition of Petit Manseng which gives the wine an unexpected juiciness and gathers the aromas of all the blending components into a ball and thrusts them up to the olfacto-sphere where they float and dance along.
Producer: Early Mountain Vineyards
Grapes: 42% Cabernet Franc, 31% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 3% Petit Manseng, 2% Tannat
Region: Madison, Virginia