Peter Franus Mourvèdre 2014
Peter Franus is a California wine legend – for almost forty years he's been making "natural" wine with a modern soul. He studied enology (winemaking) in 1978, riding the wave of California wine junkies blazing an early trail. He was instrumental in bringing mountain fruit to the fore, where at Mount Veeder Winery he evangelized Zinfandel before starting his own label in 1987. His assistant winemaker, Tim Dolven, also boasts an impressive resume, including Steltzner (in Stag's Leap) Bouchaine, and Havens.
Peter's passion for mountain fruit led him to the Red Hills of Lake County, where he discovered the Fore Family Vineyard sitting at 3000 feet above sea level, full of the eponymous volcanic red clay soil. The extreme altitude and intense sunlight produces paradoxically balanced, full-bodied wines. Mourvèdre is a Mediterranean grape, grown in the south of France, all the way into Spain, where it's known as Monastrell. It ages supremely well, full of antioxidants from its thick skins and deep, dark color and flavors.
As Franus puts it: "When planted in the right location, it is magically transformed." Mourvèdre takes perfectly to the red clay soils, high elevations, and crazy day-night temperature shifts. This bright red is hearty and spicy, with notes of cigar box, peppercorn, brandied cherries, and warm baking spice, like cardamom.
For those who don't know, 2014 was a KNOCKOUT year, marked by subtlety, power, and silky grace all across California. We love our aged reds here, and this is simply a wonderful winter red to enjoy now!