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2017 Petit Verdot

One of the 5 primary wines in Bordeaux Blends, Petit Verdot was once used solely as a blending grape, to add intensity and depth of flavor to the other wines. We carefully sort and process our Petit Verdot to keep its intensity from becoming overpowering in this delicious varietal. Our 2017 Petit Verdot has complexities varying between dark berry brambles of blackberries, blueberries, and cranberries, with earthy forest floor patches of smoky cedar, mushrooms, roasted meat, leather, and sage. Finishes with a bold flourish of deep inky color and firm tannins.  

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Wine Profile

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Vintage 2017
Varietal Petit Verdot
Varietal Composition 68% Petit Verdot 16% Cabernet Franc 8% Souzao 4% Petite Sirah 3% Syrah 1% Malbec
Appellation Sierra Foothills
Sugar 24.5 Brix
Acid 6.2g/L
PH 3.52
Aging 20 Months
Barrel Aging 20 Months
Fermentation 11 day fermentation with punch downs
Bottling Date 375 Cases 4/2/2019
Tannin Firm
Alcohol % 14
Size 750 ml

Winemaker Notes

Petit Verdot does indeed have Petit, small, berries. The 2017 vintage had particularly small berries and intense flavor from the slow, steady ripening over the cool vintage. Smaller berries result in a higher skin to juice ratio; since skins are where the color, tannins, and dark fruit, spice and earth flavors in red wine come from, this wine was destined from the vineyard for intense flavors. Petit Verdot as a varietal is famous for displaying dark fruit in its simplest form, but is accompanied by an intense spice and earth component in the best vintages. After a late-season October harvest, we fermented this wine on the skins in 1 ton picking bins for 4 weeks, including a cold soak and extended maceration, and the resulting wine is dark in color and flavor, with bold fine-grained tannins and acidity to match. We aged this wine on 40% new French and American oak and hickory and maple wood. This wine is intensely complex and earthy with a long lingering finish.

Awards

Vintage | Award | Competition

2017 Silver: SF Chronicle
2017 (93 points): Sunset International
2016 Bronze: SF Chronicle
2015 (91 points): Wine Enthusiast
2015 Bronze (86 points): CA State Fair
2015 Silver: SF Chronicle
2014 Gold: SF Chronicle
2014 Silver: CA State Fair