2011 Petit Verdot Reserve Rows, Paso Robles  

This deeply colored wine invokes a stroll through fields of sweet-smelling English lavender during bloom. The nose is further defined by blackberry and plum aromas with whiffs of umami, cigar smoke and rosemary. Not to be outdone, the palate is stuffed with flavors of blackberry, black cherry, mocha and baking spice along with a velvety texture and plush mouthfeel.


The Cinnabar “reserve rows” program was inspired by Winemaker George Traquato’s 35 years of experience and his ability to identify the ultimate sections of a high-quality vineyard. Specifically, he looks for modest vine growth, gravelly soils, southern exposure, and hilltop locations.

Acknowledging cabernet sauvignon as the most famous of the five grapes used to make red wine in Bordeaux, “siblings” merlot, malbec, cabernet franc and petit verdot have the stuffing and structure to stand on their own as varietal wines when properly cultivated and fermented. Petit verdot bears a slight resemblance to its “big brother”, cabernet sauvignon, but the contrasts in aroma and flavor are what make it interesting for a winemaker to bottle and enjoy. Simply stated, petit verdot has more berry components, slightly more tannins, and is usually deeper in color.

The Paso Robles AVA lies 25 miles inland from the coast with mild conditions in winter, spring and fall. Summers are mostly hot and dry, but a break in the coastal range allows a marine layer to move inland in the late afternoon, lowering temperatures and providing the cool evenings and nights that promote well-balanced grape acidity.

Situated six miles northwest of downtown Paso, Texas Ranch Vineyard has heavy limestone soils that encourage fruit intensity and some of the steepest slopes in the area. Petit verdot vines benefit from the very warm and dry conditions, as do the adjoining four acres of Tuscan olive trees.

Vintage: 2011

Petit Verdot

Appellation: Paso Robles

Texas Ranch Vineyard

Harvest Date(s):
Oct 14, 2011

Barrel Aging: 24 mos

Cooperage: French oak BBLs (50% new)

Cases Produced: 25 cases

Consume: 5-7 yrs

Release Date:
Dec 2013

Varietal Content:
95% petit verdot, 5% malbec

pH: 3.86

Total Acidity:
0.55mg per 100ml

Finished Alcohol: 14.5%