23 Months in French oak barrels (66% new)
Food Pairing Notes
Petit Verdot stands well to all lamb dishes. Other suitable meats include roast pork, burgers, and Chinese BBQ pork and beef.
The 2017 Petit Verdot is loaded with intense black fruit and boysenberry aromas with notes of violets, tobacco, pencil shavings and toasted oak. A focused palate delivers luscious acidity with deep flavors of black cherry, pomegranate, slate and sage. Thick tannins add heft to a sleek, savory finish.
The 2017 Petit Verdot comes from two blocks at our estate Margarita Vineyard. Block 35A is planted to “own-rooted” Petit Verdot vines along hillside terrain with varied exposures and ancient sea bed soils. This newer block produces Petit Verdot fruit with dark color and intense flavors. Meanwhile, Block 44 is also situated on a hillside, where it yields fruit with more nuanced varietal qualities, including floral aromatics and hints of pencil shavings.
Our aim is to craft a Petit Verdot that is true to the variety, exhibiting the floral and graphite notes that are native to the grape. In 2017, a normal crop load and steady harvest weather paved the way for beautifully balanced Petit Verdot fruit. The wine was fermented in small stainless steel tanks, then aged for 22 months in 12 French oak barrels—all featuring lightly-toasted, tight grained wood to ensure a restrained oak presence and to allow the natural fruit flavors to predominate. Eight of those barrels featured new oak to layer in subtle oak structure and suggestions of vanilla.