2013 PETIT VERDOT
Savor the captivating aromatics of concentrated blackberry with traces of dark chocolate, caramel, fresh ground coffee, and coconut. The silken entry and lush monthfeel showcase layers of delicious dark berry and creamy mocha, along with hints of ripe dark cherry, Valrhona chocolate, and restrained black pepper. Supple tannins and fine-grained oak remain in the background, providing structure without interfering with the luscious, elegant flavors.
This 2013 wine, our newest vintage of Petit Verdot, continues to follow in the talented footsteps of our two previous award winning vintages, 2010 and 2012. Still young, yet already reflecting its beautiful heritage, we do recommend decanting and allowing the wine to breathe for at least 30-60 minutes.
Region: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County
Production: 130 cases
FROM THEDRUNKENCYCLIST.COM – “This is dark, not “it was a dark and stormy night” kinda dark, but more of a Stephen King bring your big-boy pants kinda dark. Big fruit: dark raspberry, blackberry, mocha a go-go. On the palate this is big. Not Tom Hanks kinda big but Cercei Lannister blows up the Great Sept of Baelor kind of big (that was a Game of Thrones reference there for the non-followers–yeah, I am a fan). This is the definition of dark and brooding, at least in color. On the palate, big fruit and plenty of mocha, this might get a holy cow! (Which is just short of a Whoa.) Big and bold, not for the faint of heart. Outstanding. 90-92 Points.” July 22, 2016
FROM KENSWINEGUIDE.COM – “This pitch black colored Petit Verdot opens with a blackberry and dark chocolate bouquet. I also detected hints of oak and blueberry in the background. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, dense, slightly acidic and nicely coats your mouth. The flavor profile is blackberry with notes of black licorice, mild minerality and dark chocolate. I also picked up some hints of faint black cherry and oak. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins are nicely managed for this varietal. I would enjoy this wine with a New York Strip steak. Enjoy – Ken” September 15, 2016 Ken’s Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)
The excellent 2013 growing season started with a warm, dry Spring that created great conditions during bloom which allowed almost all of the self-fertile blooms to become pollinated and create perfect berries. This occurred about two weeks early so the vines had to be watched carefully for frost damage but we were thankful that no frosts occurred! This early start allowed the vines to share these glorious conditions with their active photosysnthetic engines in the leaves and these early clusters were well fed during these early stages of growth. Perfect weather continued through the summer which helped establish great conditions during veraison as the grapes began to change color continued into Fall with cool nights and warm afternoons – allowing the fruit to develop over a long hang time period and came into harvest in perfect condition!
Our winemaking protocol demands separate small carefully temperature regulated fermentations for each varietal providing optimum treatment for each Cabernet clone as well as for our Malbec and Petit Verdot. These wines are carefully pressed direct to barrel and are aged separately until rigorous blending trials the Spring before Summer bottling. Each individual barrel is tasted for uniqueness and provides an essential blend diversity that typifies our wines as well as an exceptional 22 month ageing period.
Food Pairing Suggestion: Try pairing this lovely wine with hanger steak with a shallot cherry sauce, or a garlic and rosemary infused leg of lamb.