Blend: 31% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Franc, 17% Syrah, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, 3% Petit Manseng, 1% Tannat
In 2017 Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Syrah work as a trio in the Foothills. Across all grape varieties we had higher ripeness in 2017, and the result is darker fruit, more structure, and richness cloaking the inherent charm of the fruit from these blocks. Once again we use a small addition of Petit Manseng to bring juiciness and cohesiveness to the aromas. While we don’t generally make a cellaring recommendation with Foothills, we bottle it in screwcap to encourage you to open it, but the concentration of the vintage makes this one of those wines that we can surprise ourselves with in five or so years.