2019 began with a wet and cool spring, delaying bud break by two weeks compared to 2018. The summer growing season was mild, with no heat spikes. Due to moderate weather and late bud break, veraison ended in early August. Autumn brought hot days and cool nights, allowing the grapes to ripen fully, while preserving their acidity. The 2019 wines are full and robust with deep color.
The majority of the fruit for our 2019 Petit Verdot was sourced from our vineyards in the Oakville and Rutherford appellations. Petit Verdot is a late ripening variety, and these warm regions encourage the development of complex flavors and a rich mouthfeel.
The grapes were hand harvested at night, carefully sorted in the vineyard, then brought to the cellar and destemmed. The grapes received a cold soak, followed by fermentation at a high temperature to ensure maximum extraction was achieved. The wine was racked to 48 percent new oak barrels (18% American, 30% French), where it was aged for 18 months prior to bottling.