Nose

Our 2013 Petit Verdot is juicy, herbaceous and complex. Brimming with aromas of savory fruit, blackberry, raspberry and coffee entice the nose with subtle hints of ivy and freshly crushed leaves.

Palate

The first sip is mighty delivering lush flavors of plum and cherry with hints of toasted graham cracker and black pepper. Firm tannins give this big round wine a bold personality with a long elegant finish. Delicious now, our 2013 Petit Verdot will continue to mature for the next 5- 7 years.

Growing Conditions

Persephone Vineyard is our 350-acre estate in the heart of Pope Valley, a largely undiscovered grape-growing region in the northeast corner of Napa Valley. The ranch is planted with 130 acres of vines, which includes our Bordeaux grape varieties as well as Zinfandel, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay. At nearly 1,000 feet elevation, the area is characterized by wide temperature swings and little fog, which allows for a consistent growing season and produces fruit with rich, focused flavor, and a precise sense of place. Persephone is sustainably farmed, moving towards organic certification. A textbook grape growing year for the Napa Valley, 2013 started off with healthy winter rains leading into a warm, dry spring and an early bud break. The extended heat spike at the start of July made summer temperatures consistently warm, allowing the grapes to mature steadily and develop complex flavors. Winemaker Sara Fowler describes 2013 as “beautiful, balanced and delicious.”

Bottling

Bottled June 2015.

Aging

17 months in 60% French oak and 40% American oak, 40% new.