A deep and full-bodied wine often known for adding structure to Bordeaux blends, Petit Verdot is not often found as a single varietal bottling. Our 2012 vintage yielded fruit of such exquisite quality that we were able to produce a wine to showcase the rich and robust qualities of this unique varietal.
This inky ruby-black wine offers intense, dark fruit aromas of fresh
blackberry preserves, crushed strawberry and black cherry, intermingled with hints
of cocoa, espresso and cinnamon. The well-rounded palate is supported by smooth
tannins and well-integrated oak, boasting flavors of bright red plum and fruit leather,
followed by touches of cedar, tobacco and cherry cordial that linger through the dense,
The majority of the fruit for our 2013 Petit Verdot was sourced from
our vineyards in Stags Leap District, with a small amount from our Oakville block. Petit
Verdot is a late-ripening varietal, and these warm regions encourage the development
of complex flavors and a rich mouthfeel.
2013 was an ideal seaon in Napa Valley, with dry
conditions and a long, sunny summer, allowing even ripening and yielding exquisite,
balanced fruit. The fruit for this wine was harvested at an optimal level of ripeness in
early October. Fermentation took place at a high temperature to ensure that maximum
extraction was achieved before the wine was racked to 68% new French oak barrels. The
wine was aged in barrel for a total of 18 months before bottling.
Food Pairing Notes
Bold and opulent, this wine would be best matched with a hearty pairing
such as a winter stew of beef and root vegetables. Our Petit Verdot would also make a
delectable cheese course when paired with Sardo, a semi-hard cow’s milk salty cheese.