Petit Verdot & Cabernet Franc Napa Valley 1.5L 2017
About This Wine
On the nose: Cigar tobacco, lilacs, black plums, roses, bay leaves, lavender, chalk, great fruit lift with depth
On the palate: Balanced entrance builds incrementally towards a silky finish; notes of macerated strawberry, pomegranate, quince, red cherry, kumquat, coconut, tarragon, dark chocolate, eggplant with hints of zucchini, grenadine
Blend: 65% Petit Verdot, 35% Cabernet Franc
Fermentation: 92% barrel fermented, 8% stainless steel tank fermented
Aging: 20 months in 100% French oak; 75% new, 25% 1-year-old barrels
2017 started out with record precipitation providing vines with sufficient water tables to safely get them through several heat spikes that began as early as June. Temperatures up to 110 degrees in early September prompted several winemakers to begin harvesting red varietals. Our winemaking team held steadfast and patiently waited until end of September before bringing in the first red varietals. Rewarded then with more moderate temperatures, the resulting wines express themselves as both full-bodied and greatly structured.