Early Mountain Vineyards 2016 Foothills

89 points

A black plum bomb with just a little black cherry, black pepper spice, and a subtle game meat edge on the nose. Medium bodied and soft — but not too soft — the palate is fruit forward with lots of black and blue fruit and more of that spice and a distinctly earthy quality. Round in the mouth, the tannins are integrated and cotton-y and there is a nice bit of acidity here too.

It’s the kind of red you want around during the summer grilling season and is equally suited to fireside sipping.

Producer: Early Mountain Vineyards
Region: Virginia
Grapes: 39% merlot, 19% petit verdot, 18% syrah, 10% cab franc, 9% cab sauvignon, 3% petit manseng, 2% tannat
ABV: 13.5%
Price: $27*

* Review sample provided by the winery

About Author

Lenn Thompson, a proud Pittsburgh, PA native, moved to Long Island more than a decade ago and quickly fell in love with the region’s dynamic and emerging wine community. A digital and content marketing and community professional by day, he founded NewYorkCorkReport.com in early 2004 to share his passion for the wines, beers and spirits of New York State. After running that site -- which became the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news -- for 12 years, he launched TheCorkReport.us in late 2016 to add the wines of Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont and beyond to his beat. Lenn currently serves as the wine columnist for The Suffolk Times weekly newspaper and is the former editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette. He contributes or has contributed to publications like Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Beverage Media, Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End and Edible Hudson Valley. Lenn served on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, an annual regional wine immersion conference for writers and trade. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating local and the many local wine regions of America. Lenn lives in Miller Place, NY with his wife Nena, son Jackson, daughter Anna and their dog, Casey Lemieux Thompson.

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