2015 Petit Verdot
Intense blackberry aromas blend with traces of vanillin oak and leather, yet give little indication of the opulent treat that follows. The creamy, luscious entry fills the palate with flavors of ripe dark berries, cherry, plum, and coffee. As the wine reveals its layers, traces of dark cocoa, espresso, lavender, sage, and spice notes appear. In the lingering finish find hints of hazelnut and mocha. Complex and expansive, this Petit Verdot delivers a full measure of satisfaction and more.
Varietals: 99% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec
Region: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County
Production: 105 cases
Vintage 2015 brought much needed rain in December followed by a slightly dryer and warmer than normal spring. Early budbreak was followed by perfect weather with no rain that led to an extended bloom period and slightly smaller than normal clusters. The vineyard was watched closely as we entered the pre-harvest period…and the vines were monitored for stress during our normal late season heat events. Harvest went smoothly…with wines settling into fermenters with great color being observed through the cold soak period. These early wines were very flavorful…leading to these great wines that were to come!
Our winemaking protocol demands separate small carefully temperature regulated fermentations for each varietal providing optimum treatment for our Petit Verdot. This wine is carefully pressed direct to barrel and are aged separately until rigorous barrel evaluation 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
A terrific wine to pair with lamb shish kabob, or portabella mushrooms stuffed with sausage, wild rice, spinach, sage, garlic, and dry Jack cheese.
91 POINTS, BEST OF CLASS and GOLD MEDAL
2018 Critic’s Challenge International Wine Competition
BEST OF CLASS AND DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL
2018 International Women’s Wine Competition
2018 Sonoma County Harvest Fair
Wine Review: “This midnight purple colored Petit Verdot from Estate 1856 is very good. It opens with a fragrant black raspberry bouquet with a hint of plum and root beer. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, concentrated and smooth. The flavor profile is a stewed plum with notes of boysenberry. We also detected hints of dark chocolate and cola. The finish is chewy and its moderate dusty tannins linger nicely. The Panel suggested drinking this wine on its own.” Ken’s Wine Rating: Very Good+ Review date: March 10, 2019