Intensely layered aromas of ripe cranberry, blackberry and huckleberry jam behind
hints of ground clove and green peppercorn.


The palate bursts with juicy notes of baked Bing cherries, freshly picked
blueberries and black plum, accented by touches of cola and caramel. Bold tannins support the concentrated fruit and lead
into a long, lingering finish of cooked black fruit and ground coffee. Decanting or aerating this substantial wine will open
it up and allow its luscious dark fruit flavors to shine.

Growing Conditions

Most of the fruit for our 2007 Petit Verdot was sourced from our valley floor vineyards in Rutherford and Oakville, with a
small amount from our home vineyard in the Stags Leap District. Petit Verdot is a late-ripening varietal, and these warm
regions encourage the development of complex flavors. The Merlot that rounds out the blend was sourced from our
Carneros Collines vineyard where the grapes were also allowed extra hang time to cultivate deeper flavors.

The 2007 vintage was long and variable, with an early, cool start and several heat waves throughout the growing season.
This resulted in small clusters of small, powerfully flavored berries and an October harvest.


in April 2009.


This wine was sorted with an
intensive process of cluster selection and berry selection before crushing. The skins were retained for extended maceration
for 21 days.


The wine was transferred to 55% new French oak barrels where they aged for 16 months.


A youthfully dense, ruby wine.

Food Pairing

Our Petit Verdot is a dark, bold wine and will show best against hearty yet simple dishes, such as a traditional American
pot roast with potatoes, carrots and onions. Grilled marinated hanger steak with garlic and summer squash would also
prove an excellent companion for this exceptional wine. As this wine ages, try it alongside a brined beef brisket with
quickly blanched cabbage.