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Wine Review: Peter Franus 2009 Red Hills Lake County Red


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The flavors of this 2009 Peter Franus Red Hills Lake County Red Wine are fresh, and pleasing. This is a well-structured, well-balanced red with inviting scents and flavors.

As he describes it, Peter Franus wines focus on small production, and reduced intervention “in a wine’s evolution.” He sources his fruit from multiple small vineyard sites managed by small production growers, selecting the sites based on his belief in the grape’s suitability to the area, and his faith in the growers of that fruit. From here Peter Franus works with a small team to develop what he believes is the best those grapes can offer.

The Red Hills Lake Country Red is a classic Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre wine done with California influences. The 2009 vintage brings together the richness and subtly that such a blend can offer with a focus on balance between structure and flavor.

This wine read to me like a piece of fine literature–astutely crafted to pull you in, and take you along on a well-focused journey. Enjoy!

Thank you to Mickey of Lloyd’s Liquors in Prescott, Arizona for sharing this wine with me.

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