Nose

Intense, dark fruit aromas of fresh blackberry preserves, crushed strawberry and black cherry, intermingled with hints of cocoa, espresso and cinnamon.

Palate

The well-rounded palate is supported by smooth tannins and well-integrated oak, boasting flavors of bright red plum and fruit leather, followed by touches of cedar, tobacco and cherry cordial that linger through the dense, long finish.

Growing Conditions

The majority of the fruit for our 2013 Petit Verdot was sourced from our vineyards in Stags Leap District, with a small amount from our Oakville block. Petit Verdot is a late-ripening varietal, and these warm regions encourage the development of complex flavors and a rich mouthfeel. 2013 was an ideal seaon in Napa Valley, with dry conditions and a long, sunny summer, allowing even ripening and yielding exquisite, balanced fruit.

Harvest

The fruit for this wine was harvested at an optimal level of ripeness in early October.

Winemaking

Fermentation took place at a high temperature to ensure that maximum extraction was achieved.

Aging

Racked to 68% new French oak barrels. The wine was aged in barrel for a total of 18 months before bottling.

Appearance

An inky ruby-black wine.

Food Pairing

Bold and opulent, this wine would be best matched with a hearty pairing such as a winter stew of beef and root vegetables. Our Petit Verdot would also make a delectable cheese course when paired with Sardo, a semi-hard cow’s milk salty cheese.