Peter Franus Proprietary Red . Napa Valley
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This large 60 hectare Domaine is situated high above Rasteau with stunning views over the Dentelles de Montmirail and the Plan de Dieu. Owned by the enthusiastic and very genial Giles Ferran, with renowned southern Rhône oenologist, Philippe Cambie as consultant, it has 40 ha of Rasteau and 7 hectares of the best vineyards in Cairanne, with only very old vines – 70% is 50-60 year old Grenache, 20% Syrah (the Serein clone from Tain l’Hermitage) and 10% Carignan. Rasteau Vin Doux Naturel is produced from Grenache and barrique-aged. It is sweet and more fruity but less alcoholic than Port – a perfect end to a dinner party.