Napa Cellars Petit Verdot 2015
T.A .: 0.60g/L
100% French Oak (33% of which was new), 23 months
The Napa Cellars 2015 Petit Verdot showcases bright aromas of graphite, blackberry, cedar, bay leaf, black cherry, and tapenade. Flavors of blueberry, framboise, allspice, and cedar coat the palate. This well-balanced, medium weighted wine has youthful tannins that are a bit front heavy and a lovely perfumed finish. A harmonious Petit Verdot, this wine reveals complex layers whose unique characteristics integrate seamlessly to create great depth in the glass. Pair the 2015 Napa Cellars Petit Verdot with decadent foods that can hold their own next to this substantial wine: grilled steak, spicy pork or beef stew.
Grapes for the Napa Cellars 2015 Petit Verdot were sourced exclusively from a small block in Coombsville, Napa Valley, where the climate is ideal for growing this variety. The vines bud early, and harvest tends to occur later in the season, fostering a long, slow ripening period that translates to excellent mouthfeel and structure in Petit Verdot from this region. The vines here produce fruit with layers of complexity, resulting in wines with earthy minerality and exceptional natural acidity.
The grapes for the 2015 Petit Verdot were handpicked and crushed immediately. Following a warm fermentation at 75°F and an 11-day maceration period, the juice was pressed off the skins and seeds. This Petit Verdot was aged entirely in French oak—33 percent of which was new—for 19 months.