2016 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Winemaker Series Petit Verdot

About the Wine

Petit Verdot is one of the five main Bordeaux varietals, along with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. It is principally used in classic Bordeaux blends. It ripens much later than the other varieties in Bordeaux. When it does ripen, it adds tannin, colour and flavour, in small amounts, to the blend. The Hardester Vineyard is a perfect site with good exposure to the sun and favorable shifts from warm sunny days to cool evenings, extending hangtime. Winemaker Marcus Notaro was extremely impressed by the Petit Verdot from the Hardester Vineyard and decided to produce this bottling.

This wine is a blend of 80% Petit Verdot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Tasting Notes

This Petit Verdot has a perfumed nose filled with floral and spice along with notes of cassis, green tea, dried lavender and sage. The wine is dark in color and rich with polished tannins and a concentrated finish.

Food Pairings

Pork roast with rosemary and sage or smoked beef brisket would be a nice complement to this wine.

The Wine Down

This Winemaker Series selection was crafted exclusively for wine club members but is available for purchase at the winery. This wine was amazing , but can continue to improve for five years or more. It is generally a good idea to decant the wine an hour or two before serving to allow it to open up and reveal it’s full flavor profile.

You can find this bottle for $65.00.

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