Peter Franus Napa Valley Merlot 2007 Napa, California

The Peter Franus 2007 Merlot was harvested from Carneros, one of the prestige geographies in Napa. The wine smells just like you would want a top tier Napa Merlot to smell – I like to describe as tasteful cross between Bar-B-Que smoke, cherry cough syrup and potting soil. When it’s done right, as it is with the ’07 Franus, the aroma raises your eyebrows, and your expectations. Expectations that aren’t always easy to live up to.

I had matched the Peter Franus Merlot ’06 batch to Bruce Springsteen’s I’m Goin’ Down, as it had a laid back groove on ( The 2007 comes out as with smouldering cassis and caramel. And it is fruit forward, but not a fruit bomb – it packs tight punches that keep coming at you wave after wave.

Musical match: R.E.M.’s What’s the Frequency Kenneth. From the band that made a career of Byrds inspired, mandolin and guitar folk/indie-rock they dropped a major hit on the world with a tight, distorted fiery guitar driven anthem – and made it sound credible.

Leave a comment and me know what wine you would match with this music.

Bloggers note: I started matching wine and music about one year ago with the now defunct “Wine and Come Playin’” on Blogspot and also as a contributor to To mark that important anniversary, I am going to be blogging about the follow up year’s vintage of a Peter Franus Merlot. I have met Mr. Franus twice during this great adventure and am honoured to have one of his wines be the first wine to be “followed up” on bottleDJ. Thanks also to Genevieve Boucher from their excellent Quebec based agent Rezin for connecting me and the wine icon.

Part 5/5 in the 2010 BottleDJ Fall Classic Focus on Napa.

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