Early Mountain Vineyards 2016 Foothills
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
Grapes: 39% merlot, 19% petit verdot, 18% syrah, 10% cab franc, 9% cab sauvignon, 3% petit manseng, 2% tannat
* Review sample provided by the winery