Napa Valley AVA
590 cases produced
his wine is totally opaque and inky like the color of a ripe purple eggplant. Due to its color, Petit verdot is often used as a blending grape to enrich the color of a wine, but here runs solo (with 3% of Cabernet Sauvignon to round out some of the flavors)– a real treat for fans of the grape. This wine is made using fruit from California’s acclaimed Napa Valley and less than 600 cases were made in 2010.
On the nose, we found aromas of grilled plums, smoked meats and anise spice. These notes carried over as we sipped from our glasses. This Petit verdot was structured and full bodied with a nice consistent mouthfeel from first sip to swallow.
We bet it would be spectacular if you allowed this wine to breathe a bit by using a decanter. If you don’t own a decanter, just pour a glass out of the bottle and let both the glass and bottle sit a while. By draining the juice down to the “shoulders” of the bottle, you increase the surface area exposed to air. Long term air exposure is terrible for a wine, but a few minutes to several hours can allow a wine to blossom. Each wine is different so take a sip now and again to see how the tastes have evolved with air.
We highly recommend pairing this Petit verdot with BBQed steak or elk burgers, hot off the grill.