Peter Franus Red Hills Red 2009
Blend of Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre. The color and intensity of aromas speak volumes. Purple and opaque, the wine offers fresh, lively scents of clove, allspice, sage, smoked ham, pepper, and lavender, with wild berry fruit, reminiscent of wines France's Northern Rhone Valley.
The Fore Family Vineyard is a spectacular and truly unique property situated at an elevation of 300 feet on Cobb Mountain in Red Hills Lake County. Well-drained red volcanic soils nurture vines that cool dramatically at night, greatly enhancing both flavor and color in the resulting wines. France's Rhone Valley provided the inspiration for both the vineyard as well as the production of this wine. The wine is concentrated and tightly focused, offering texture and balance with an enormously long life ahead of it. This is an intense wine, yet manages to maintain good acidity, structure, and liveliness that prevents it from ever coming across as weighty. This 2009 Red Hills Lake County Red is exotic with an extreme personality. It will definitely not get lost in the shuffle!