The majority of the fruit for our 2016 Petit Verdot was sourced from our vineyards in the Oakville, Carneros, and Oak Knoll District appellations. Petit Verdot is a late-ripening variety, and these warm regions encourage the development of complex flavors and a rich mouthfeel.
The 2016 harvest marks the fifth great vintage in a row. Although it was another drought year and yields tended to be a bit lower, the quality was very high. The year started out hot, then became cold, then turned hot again, and October began one of the heaviest rain seasons this region has seen in many years. The fruit for this wine was harvested at an optimal level of ripeness from September to October. Fermentation took place at a high temperature to ensure that maximum extraction was achieved before the wine was racked to 50 percent new French oak barrels. The wine was aged in barrel for 18 months before bottling.