The 2016 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.
Blend: 39% Merlot, 19% Petit Verdot, 18% Syrah, 10% Cab Franc, 9% Cab Sauv, 2% Tannat, 3% Petit Manseng