This is an extremely small production wine made from estate grown Petit Verdot from a vineyard that is located between Dry Creek and our Barrel Room. The vineyard is warm during the day but cools down significantly at night, perfect for this varietal.
Traditionally, the winemakers of Bordeaux and California use this varietal in the same way a chef uses seasoning. It adds dense fruit flavor, dark color, powerful flavors and heavy tannins to a blend and is normally used in small percentages. In 2014, with an early spring and warm, but not too hot, summer the Petit Verdot ripened nicely and we decided to give the varietal the lead role in its own small, 2 barrels only, bottling.
Greeted on the nose with aromas of raspberry, plums, pencil led and fresh flowers that, on the palate, become bright black cherry and raspberry flavors mixed with the darker flavors of toasted oak. There are ample soft tannins and this wine will age gracefully for decades. This wine is a natural fit rich meat dishes such as grilled steak, pork, veal, lamb and sausage as well as hard and soft cheeses.
76% Petit Verdot: Estate Vineyard, Oak Knoll District
19% Cabernet Sauvignon: Estate Vineyard, Oak Knoll District
5% Merlot: Ranch 9 Vineyard: Coombsville, Napa Valley
Harvest: September 24, 2014
Bottled: July 7, 2016
Cases produced: 57
Bottle size: 750 ml
Titratable Acidity: 6.00 g/L
Winemaker: Bradley Smith