Blend: 34% Merlot, 21% Petit Verdot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Manseng, 2% Tannat
Description: The aromas of the 2019 Foothills are heady and rich, with dark fruits and subtle dried herbs. It is a substantial wine that is ripe and mouth-filling with soft tannins, bringing more to the table than would be expected of its price tag. The flavors are layered and long, allowing for more contemplative complexity than we are used to with Foothills.
Winemaker Note: We always have fun making multiple variety blends like Five Forks and Foothills. Both wines are made from vineyard blocks that produce fruit that stands in contrast to how we are told red wine or white wine should be, and that’s refreshing. As someone who does not have unlimited resources, these wines are closest to the price range where I normally drink wine; self-interest makes the stakes higher. After a fresh and snappy 2018, we embraced the plentiful warmth and sunshine of 2019 to make a more concentrated Foothills. Though an argument could be made that it is confusing to the “market” when the style changes from vintage to vintage, I would counter that we are simply communicating that Virginia has vintage variation, and when you try to hide the true character of a wine, it is almost always inferior to an honest presentation. Merlot again takes the lead, and Foothills continues to be a Bordeaux-ish blend with a small amount of Tannat. It is now four years running that we splash in Petit Manseng to play with the aromatics and texture of the wine.