The 2014 Single Barrel Petit Verdot is our first stand alone bottling of the varietal since 2007. We typically use Petit Verdot to enhance color and structure in our Midnight Reserve, but the 2014 vintage clearly stood out as an exceptional wine, perfect for our Wine Club Members. The wine opens with an inviting violet floral bouquet with a slight hint of blackberry. On your palate the wine offers depth and complexity with flavors of blackberry and fig, and two and half years of aging in French oak barrels lends an elegant structure and subtle spice notes.
Our Petit Verdot comes from the River Ranch which is located in the Lodi Appellation just one mile from the winery. The sunny days and cool nights, together with well-drained sandy loam soils, maintain the acids and flavors of this thick-skinned winegrape.
After a cold snap in December 2013, the 2014 growing season transitioned to a mild winter and spring. With the current drought conditions we welcomed the late February and early March rains that were well-timed and kept the vines growing. Consistent sunny weather from mid-March on led to early bud break in the vineyards as temperatures rose. A few weeks of warm weather in the late summer months allowed the winegrapes to ripen early, making 2014 one of the earliest harvests on record. On the vine, most varietals had loose clusters that resulted in even veraison, bringing about uniform ripening which is necessary for winegrapes to develop great flavors and color. With average yields and great quality, the 2014 season produced another unique vintage.