The 2018 Growing Season was truly an exceptional year for ripening grapes. Winter started out with very little rainfall, which made growers worry that it may be another year of drought. When March arrived, however, it brought along the much-needed rainfall that helped fill the root zone, water table, and some reservoirs. The vines came out of winter dormancy, and began the season with ample water and abundant sunshine.
- Appellation: Napa Valley
- Aging: 14 months in French and American Oak
- Alcohol: 14.5
- Blend: 94% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot, 1% Malbec
Petit Verdot is prized for its rich color and highly structured tannins, making it simultaneously elegant and bold. The source for this Petit Verdot is our Abela vineyard, which is adjacent to the winery. Our winemaking team also included a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon to help polish the mid-palate of this wine.
Food Pairing Notes
We recommend enjoying this Petit Verdot with rich foods, such as beef stew or wild game. This robust wine also pairs well with roasted rack of lamb and well-aged cheeses.
The 2018 Reserve Petit Verdot opens with a bouquet of dried plums, and black cherries, layered upon baking spices, vanilla, and cocoa powder. On the palate, you are met with ripe blackberry, sage, and toasted oak with a silky touch. This is a full-bodied wine with well-structured tannins and a long lingering finish.