2009 Petite Verdot, Solana Vineyard

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2009 Petite Verdot, Solana Vineyard

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Drink me.  Alice in Wonderland style... dark and alluring yet, obvious berries that were tossed and turned, crushed and nurtured by a woman's hand.  This potion will make you feel big, hopefully it won't put your head through the roof.

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Alcohol: 13.6%
Pick Date: November 7th, 2009 - Brix 22.7
5 day Cold Soak, 6 day Fermentation
Blend: 100% Petite Verdot ~ Solana Vineyard, Paso Robles
Barrels: Once used French Oak
Aging: 36 months

Petite Verdot, typically a blending grape and, well, I did that, but I love to showcase each grape that goes into my blends individually and have found that Petite Verdot actually shows fabulously on it's own.  I recently read that P.V. is the next Malbec in Wine Enthusiast Magazine... I'd love to hear feedback from you!

Ready for a history lesson? In the 1700’s Petite Verdot (also spelled Petit Verdot), was the primary grape used for winemaking in the Medoc region of Bordeaux. The Medoc is left-bank (wherein Margaux, St. Julian, & Pauillac reside) and all vines are first-growth. Ok, Ok, what about now?  Since the spread of Phylloxera in the 1800’s and after a massive frost destroyed many more Petite Verdot vines in 1956, the grape has since lost it’s popularity as being a heady driving force behind some of the greatest wines in the world. Until now.

Here in California we don’t have rules. Thanks to an infectiously passionate, free-thinking, French-born winemaker named Stephan Asseo, Petite Verdot was re-born. As I came to make wine I researched this variety asking him why he chose to work with it. His reply, “I believe in this grape - very much!” and for what it is worth, so do I. I believe in each and every grape. I believe each and every grape can stand alone. I believe each one can lean on one another. Just as humans. And so, I created my very own.