Wines

2015 Estate Petit Verdot

  • Varieties:
    100% Petit Verdot
  • Appellation:
    Paso Robles -Templeton Gap
  • Average brix at harvest:
    24.6
  • Vineyard:
    Estate
  • Alcohol:
    13.5%
  • Acidity:
    0.69g/100ml
  • pH:
    3.72
  • Residual sugar:
    0.02 g/100ml
  • Date bottled:
    December 20, 2017
  • Cases produced:
    96
  • Retail Price:
    $ 28.00

Growing conditions:
Challenging! 2015: Early budbreak and erratic temperature swings. No frost, but cool, windy weather during bloom led to shatter in many varieties. Early harvest with excellent quality due to on-going drought and poor set.

Winemaking:
The grapes were hand harvested, then crushed into a stainless fermentor. 24 hours later, the must was inoculated with FX-10 yeast then pumped over twice daily for 14 days then 7 days of maceration prior to pressing. After completion of malo-lactic fermentation, the Petit Verdot was aged in French and Hungarian oak for 24 months prior to bottling.

Tasting notes:
Intense aromas of crushed violets and unsweetened chocolate with wisps of exotic floral notes are complimented by a background of subtle oak. This wine is a mouthful with an elegant sufficiency of tannins and toasty oak followed by an extended, rich finish.

Cellaring:
While enjoyable now, this intense Petit Verdot will continue to improve with proper cellaring for another 5-10 years in the bottle with a plateau of best drinkability from 2023-2028.

Food selection:
Best match for filet and rich sauces! This elegant wine will compliment a large array of foods and aged cheeses.