2018 Petit Verdot
The 2018 vintage was the first time we've produced Petit Verdot. It has an inky, dark purple color, with a bright purple rim. Extremely fragrant notes of ripe black plum, Madagascar vanilla, and earthy loam are balanced by a hint of sage. The flavors are intense, with ripe black plum, rhubarb, dark chocolate with dried herb impressions. We love its boldness and celebrate the classic dark fruit flavors. The lingering finish is even and silken, with structure and form designed for aging. Enjoyable now and for many years ahead.
With the 2018 harvest, things returned to a more normal schedule in Alexander Valley. Cooler temperatures and sufficient rainfall laid the foundation for an ideal growing season. A smooth ripening cycle across the farm, gave us the opportunity to dial in the flavor profiles, acidity, and ripeness of each individual block. A brief burst of rain in early October was followed by a nice dry spell of moderate heat, as we harvested beautiful grapes balanced to perfection by nature. The well-drained soil beneath our Petit Verdot grapes, a mix of Yolo and Cortina with minimal clay, possesses the ideal calcium/magnesium ratio required to produce Bordeaux varietals of the highest quality.
93% Petit Verdot, 7% Merlot