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GRAPE BLEND & SOURCE
93% Petit Verdot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon
Pear Valley Vineyard, Paso Robles (PV); Sunstone Estate Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley (CS)
26 months in 30% new/70% neutral French oak
The nose of our first Petit Verdot showcases an abundance of dark fruit character, including notes of black plums, blackberries, currants and black cherries, framed by notes of slate and an underlying tartness. On the palate, subdued fruit flavors take a back seat to hints of cinnamon, cloves, and baking spices, while you enjoy the well tamed tannins and smoky finish.
The grapes of our first Petit Verdot are grown on the Eastern side of the Paso Robles AVA at Pear Valley Vineyard, a SIP certified vineyard planted in 1999. Paso Robles is known for its 30 soil types and rolling hills with organic and inorganic clay and sandy and loamy soils on the Eastern side. The Petit Verdot was blended with a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Sunstone Estate to soften the pallet and brighten the wine with wild blueberry and floral notes. The wine was aged on oak for 26 months and in 30% new oak to extract oak tannin to build the structure and layers of the wine. Just 122 cases were produced.
Petit Verdot pairs extremely well with lamb. Try having a glass (or two!) with some lamb stew to really bring out the flavors. The intense flavors of Petit Verdot combine well with mushrooms, truffles, black beans, and kidney beans. It’s also suitable to pair it with dishes that include olives, eggplant, and nuts. try pairing Petit Verdot with aged and smoked cheeses. Aged cheddar, gruyere, and gouda are particularly well suited to this wine.
The 2018 Petit Verdot Reserve can be enjoyed now and for up to an additional 5-8 years if stored in proper conditions.
Brittany Rice, Dir. of Winemaking
Jon Flores, Assistant Winemaker
Jose Gomez, Cellar Master
Guadalupe Chavez, Assistant Cellar Master