2014 Petit Verdot
Best of Class at the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Double Gold at the 2017 American Fine Wine Invitational
Bold in flavor, deep dark in color, Petit Verdot wine has rich flavors of blackberries, cocoa and violet with a mild smokey character.
Petit Verdot is a “noble grape” that has it’s origins in the Southwest region of France. However, since it is a later ripening grape, it fell out of favor in it’s homeland of France since it would sometimes not fully ripen before the weather turned. Here in the “new world”, the climate here allows us to gain more maturity due to a more consistent growing season. For this vintage, we were able to get some fantastic fruit from a vineyard in the Borden Ranch area of the Lodi Appellation. The soil is a rusty reddish brown hue to it, it’s more depleted than the soil that’s closer to the Mokelumne river.
Grapes for all these lots were hand-picked in the morning and gently sorted and transferred to a temperature controlled stainless steel tank for cold soak or directly back to bin and put in our temperature controlled for cold soak. Must was inoculated with some carefully selected yeast strains and fermentation was done both in tank and in bins, depending on the lot. These lots received either regular timed pump overs or punch downs accordingly. Aged nearly two years in oak barrels.