23 Months in French oak barrels (50% new)
The 2016 Petit Verdot greets the nose with fervent aromas of plum, violet, graphite, vanilla, pie crust and wood smoke. The palate is chewy and plush, offering buoyant flavors of red cherry, pomegranate, rhubarb and vanilla cream. Savory black pepper notes accompany firm tannins on a sturdy, focused finish.
The 2016 Petit Verdot is our first bottling from Block 35A in the heart of Margarita Vineyard. This newer block is planted to own-rooted Petit Verdot vines along a hillside terrain with varied exposures and ancient sea bed soils. This block is already producing exceptional Petit Verdot fruit with dark color and intense flavors. Margarita Vineyard stands alone as the southernmost vineyard in the Paso Robles region, nestled into the rugged Santa Lucia Mountain range just 14 miles from the Pacific Ocean in the Santa Margarita Ranch AVA. The mountain peaks act as a gateway for cool marine air, resulting in an extended growing season that yields fruit with uncommon depth and structure. The peaks are also testaments to the tectonic forces that created Margarita Vineyard’s rare diversity of soils, ultimately fostering natural complexity in our wines.