2015 Critic’s Challenge International Wine Competition
2014 Grand Harvest Awards
2015 Los Angeles International Wine Competition
2015 TEXSOM International Wine Awards
2015 International Women’s Wine Competition


Tasting Notes

Layers of richly textured aromatics fill the noseā€”dark ripe fruit, violets, dusty tannins, and a slight mineral essence. The velvety entry introduces the deeply concentrated flavors of black raspberry, blackberry, currant, and dark chocolate that expand across the palate. As the wine opens, a lovely dark cherry core appears along with a touch of citrus in the finish. The structure seamlessly stays in the background, supporting the luscious flavors yet never masking their beauty.

SOMMELIER MAGAZINE WINE SPOTLIGHT – Estate 1856 Petit Verdot Tzabaco Rancho Vineyards Sonoma County 2012 (Gold Medal): “Though the Dry Creek Valley is known for fruity Zinfandels, the region’s Tzabaco Rancho Vineyard has also garnered a reputation as the King Midas of Bordeaux varietals here. The name 1856 for this Petit Verdot pays homage to the original date of the vineyard’s purchase. Petit Verdot is typically the “spice box” used for aromatics and color in creating the perfect Bordeaux red blend or California Meritage, but here it commands center stage with just a smidgen of Malbec. This wine shows a gorgeous bouquet of lilac, lavender, sage and black pepper that is exquisitely framed by intensely ripe blackberry and blueberry notes. The 22 months of French oak aging is apparent on the palate with rounded fruit and wood tannins. The finish culminates with warm scents of vanilla and clove.” Julie Dalton, Sommelier at the Four Seasons Hotel in Baltimore and Judge at the 2015 TEXSOM International Wine Awards

FROM CRITICSCHALLENGE.COM: “A nose full of roses with blackberry undercurrents draws you into this expressive, inky Petit Verdot. The palate focuses on blackberry and sweet oak spice flavors and a firm tanninc structure that suggest pairing with a prime rib of beef or fresh venison steaks. A Platinum Award winner at the 2015 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition 94 Rich Cook Jun 2, 2015”

FROM KENSWINEGUIDE.COM: “This pitch black colored Petit Verdot is terrific. It opens with a blueberry and acai berry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, balanced and rich. The flavor profile is a tasty blackberry with notes of blueberry and black licorice. I also detected some minerality and oak towards the end. The finish is dry and its moderate tannins are sticky and nicely prolonged. This is a perfect wine for a well-marbled ribeye. Enjoy – Ken”

Winemaker Notes

The 2012 growing season started with less-than-normal rainfall in Spring, which was so helpful in moderating early-season mold and mildew issues on the tender new leaves. We experienced beautiful weather during bloom and set that helped all of our pollinated flowers create grapes. Ideal summer growing conditions – cool nights and warm afternoons – gave the fruit time 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.

Region:Dry Creek Valley,Sonoma County, CA
Cases:50 Cases

FOOD PAIRING NOTES: Pair this multifaceted opulent Petit Verdot with a rich Filet Mignon over Lobster Boursin Mashed Potatoes with a glorious Petit Verdot Reduction!