Petit Verdot Napa Valley 2019
About This Wine
On the nose: Sweet red cherries, lavender, mangosteens, black forest cake, potting soil, black peppers
On the palate: Dense, powerful red and black cherries, passionflower, kettle corn, red bean paste, black olive, chewy, persistent tannin structure
Blend: 97% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon
Fermentation: 30% barrel fermented, 50% new French oak, 50% 1-year-old barrels; 70% stainless steel tank fermented
Aging: 22 months in French oak, 80% new, 20% 1-year-old barrels
2019 provided us with an unprecedented growing season. Moderate to cooler temperatures in early spring resulted in a delayed start followed by showers during bloom in May. However, continual moderate temperatures from June through August allowed vines to balance their growth. By early August, as cluster size was fully developed and overall growth more harmonious, it was clear that 2019 would be a memorable vintage. A month later, most red grapes showed complexities and flavors that normally would not appear until later in season. The 2019 wines show early approachability and impeccable balance.