This well-structured, full-bodied wine offers components of solid dark berry, graphite and black cherry with hints of black licorice and spice. Firming on the end, the tannins build a solid foundation that is cushioned by a soft finish of toasted oak, black plums and mocha.
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.