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Petit Verdot

The Grape

One of the six Bordeaux grapes, Petit Verdot is generally considered a blending grape due to its late harvest and low yield. Many California winemakers have begun creating Petit Verdot as its own variety, and it is starting to gain esteem as much more than a blending wine. Petit Verdot prefers to be cultivated in a cooler environment than the rest of the Bordeaux grapes and requires a very well draining soil. It has a naturally very high acid and medium sugar to the grape. Petit Verdot has thick skins and high tannin structure that will soften with aging. Petit Verdot has very small berry clusters, and unless the conditions are correct, the fruit will not ripen. Due to the small production yields, aging time, and difficulty growing, Petit Verdot can be very expensive as a stand alone varietal.

The Wine

Petit Verdot has the aromas of blueberries, violet flowers, tobacco, leather, and green olives, with the flavor of blackberries, plums, herbal nettles, vanilla, and oak. A young Petit Verdot will have a high tannin structure that will soften with barrel aging or in the bottle over time.

Perfect Pairings

Petit Verdot’s high tannin structure makes it an excellent pairing for steak, veal, sausages, grilled meats, lamb, and game.

Shop Petit Verdot Wines

2014 Ascension Cellars Soul Shaker Bordeaux Blend
$ 66.00

BRONZE MEDAL - 2017 Central Coast Wine Competition

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Tasting Notes

Our 2014 Soul Shaker displays a fantastic dark garnet color and offers seductive aromas of ripe currants, black cherries, pomegranate, cranberry, chocolate, exotic spices, herbs, toasted hazelnut, and hints of roasted coffee. The fruit is delivered by round, polished and dusty tannins, which explode on your palate leaving you with a mouthful of delicious juicy dark fruits. Wonderful and absolutely delicious the 2014 vintage has the potential to evolve for decades.

Varietal: Proprietary Red Blend
Year: 2014
Vineyard: Cass Vineyard
AVA: Paso Robles, Geneseo AVA - California USA
Blend:  40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Syrah, 20% Merlot & 12% Petit Verdot
Alcohol: 13.9%

 

Limited Production – 105 Cases Produced

2014 Napa Valley Merlot
$ 44.00

Gold Medal - 2016 SF Inter'l Wine Competition

 

Tasting Notes

Deep, dark red color with garnet tones. Blackcurrant and cherry aromas are beautifully integrated with earthy, chocolate notes. This wine is layered with juicy blackberry, cherry, espresso, and clove notes while remaining varietally correct with subtle tannins and a smooth, fruit-driven mouthfeel.

The Merlot expressed traditional red fruit notes with a touch of oakiness. The wine was fermented in a stainless steel tank and aged in 100% French oak barrels for 17 months. Blending took place in November 2015 where we added Cabernet Franc for its floral element, Petit Verdot for its earthiness, and Malbec for its dark fruit impact. After blending, the wine was returned to the barrels until bottling.

   

Vintage:           2015

Varietal:           Merlot (93%),  Cabernet Franc (5%), Malbec                              (1%), Petit Verdot (1%),

Appellation:    Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

Alcohol %:       14.7

2014 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon
$ 65.00

Silver Medal - 2017 SF Inter'l Wine Competition

 

Tasting Notes

The wine has a dark red color with inky purplish hue. An earthy complex nose with sweet oak, dried herb, black berries, black cherry, blackcurrant, and a touch of white pepper. On the palate, the wine is well-balanced with a silky and cohesive taste of black fruit including black cherry and blackcurrant with polished tannins and a trace of fennel in its long finish.

   

Vintage:           2014

Varietal:           Cabernet Sauvignon (Rutherford) (92%), Merlot                         (6%), Petit Verdot (2%)

Appellation:    Rutherford

Alcohol %:       14.7

2014 Testament Bordeaux Blend
$ 86.00

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Tasting Notes

Our 2014 Testament offers glorious aromas of fresh cut roses, blueberry, cassis, and blackberries. A silky creamy entry gives way to layers of complexity that unfold in the mid-palate with velvety tannins enrobing a center of concentrated black-fruit. Elegantly balanced, the acidity and core structure deliver an exhilarating finish with hints of dark chocolate.
Varietal: Bordeaux Blend 
Year: 2014
Vineyard: Cass Vineyard
AVA: Paso Robles Geneseo District 
Blend: 38% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Petit Verdot, 17% Cabernet Franc14% Petit Verdot, and 8% Malbec 
Alcohol: 13.9%

Limited Production – 215 Cases

2015 Mayhem Syrah
$ 56.00

GOLD MEDAL - 90 Points - 2018 Toast of the Coast Wine Competition

SILVER MEDAL - 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
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Tasting Notes

This deep-purple, inky, full-bodied Syrah was barrel fermented and hand racked for 18 months in French oak barrels, 50% new with a medium toast. The dark, rich, and deliciously intense fruit embodies the richness and full-bodied nose of violets, cured maple bacon, black raspberry jam, espresso, clove spice with hints of graphite and dark chocolate on the lengthy, elegant finish that will leave you wanting more.

Mayhem Syrah is outstanding alone or as a companion for full-bodied cheeses, salmon, swordfish, roasted hen, turkey, grilled and smoked meats.

 

Varietal: 87% Syrah, 12% Petit Verdot,  1% Roussanne

Year: 2015

Vineyard: Cass Vineyard, Geneseo District / Paso Robles AVA

Alcohol: 14.1%

Limited Production – 150 Cases

2015 Napa Valley Merlot
$ 44.00

Gold Medal - 2018 SF Chronicle Wine Competition

Gold Medal - 2018 Beverage Tasting Institute

 

Tasting Notes

Deep red color with garnet undertones. Ripe, fresh fruit on the nose with red cherries and blackcurrant, subtle vanilla spice oak and mocha/chocolate on the finish. A soft entry leads to lively tastes of black and red fruit with a toasty oak flavor. It is a well-balanced, food-friendly wine.

The Merlot expressed traditional red fruit notes with a touch of oakiness. The wine was fermented in a stainless steel tank and aged in 100% French oak barrels for 22 months. Blending took place in August 2017 where we added Petit Verdot for its earthiness and Cabernet Franc for its floral element.

   

Vintage:           2015

Varietal:           Merlot (93%), Petit Verdot (4%), Cabernet                               Franc (3%)

Appellation:    Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

Alcohol %:       14.7