Oak Barrels (Approximately 25% new French oak)
Dark in color and bold in flavor, this wine is rich in flavors of blackberries, cocoa and violets with a mild smokey characteristic that lingers on the finish.
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 known as the "Elk 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. Must was inoculated with some carefully selected yeast strains and fermentation was done both in tank. Aged 20 months in oak barrels, approximately 25% new French oak.