2017 Petit Verdot, Paso Robles
Blueberry, Spice, Leather
- 3 days cold soak;
- Fermented 14 days in plastic open-top bins
- 100% destemmed whole berry fermentation
- Punched down 2-3 times per day to ensure complete fermentation
- Fermented warm to 90°
- Aged for 18 months in French oak (45% new)
George Troquato, Winemaker &
Alejandro Aldama, Cellar Master
Petit Verdot is one of the six grape varieties used in red Bordeaux wines. As part of a blend, Petit Verdot adds a spicy character to the wine. As a standalone varietal, the grape produces wine that is dark in color, and rich in red and black fruit aromas with firm tannins.
Villa San Juliette Vineyard contains a gravelly mix of shale and calcareous soils rich in lime and chalk, with rocky formations along its rolling hills. This combined with huge diurnal temperature variation--from hot days to cool night--allows fruit to ripen to its fullest potential.
The winter of 2017 brought huge amounts of much-needed rain. With one major heat spike in August, it was an overall warm year that brought a slightly smaller crop with good intensity and flavor.