Peter Franus Red Hills Lake County Red Wine 2012 is dark ruby and youthfully classic. A kaleidoscope of aromas presents itself – clove, smoked ham, and the pepper of Syrah, but the lavender and floral notes of Grenache and Mourvedre soon warrant attention. the bright, lively structure with its blueberry and anise flavors is impeccable, and the wine finished with a dash of black pepper and great length.
The 2012 growing season was a welcome relief after three challenging vintages. A warm dry spring provided uniform budbreak, flowering, and fruit set. Mild and ideal growing conditions pretty much followed throughout the summer resulting in even ripening and a relatively long growing season. Moderate conditions put little pressure on the vines—no issues of significant rain or extreme heat
Peter Franus’ winemaking philosophy is simple: great wines come from great vineyards. With his 30 plus years experience in Napa Valley, Peter Franus can identify the vineyards that are truly the best of the best in order to source the absolute highest quality fruit and create the highest quality wines. He relies on his own intuition, experience, and takes a minimalist approach to the winemaking process and with this, each of his wines hosts their own unique personality and character.
Napa Valley’s first vines were planted in 1839 and just 50 years later, over 140 wineries were in operation. Fast forward to 1976 with Napa Valley being thrown into the spotlight with the Paris Tasting, where California wines out-performed their French counterparts, shocking winemakers of the world and putting Napa Valley on the map. With its ideal winegrowing temperate climate, mountain ranges, and proximity to the Pacific Ocean, Napa Valley is now the most sought after California wine. Check out other wines from Peter Franus here!