Estrella District, Paso Robles, CA
It will age gracefully as a single varietal for over a decade.12 Years
Serve with rib eye steak, vegetable stew, or to end the meal alongside manchego cheese, marcona almonds, and dried fruit.
Time in Barrel: 18 months
Barrel Type: Bordeaux Export French Oak barrels, 15% new wood
Our Petit Verdot is grown on the J. Lohr Home Ranch in the warmer Region III Estrella District of Paso Robles. The block was planted to an east-west row orientation in 2008 with clone 400 on low-vigor 420A rootstock. The soils are coarse, loamy Arbuckle-San Ysidro complex. Our program involves pinching clusters from young shoots in early spring, followed by dropping to one cluster per shoot prior to veraison to prevent overcropping. This protocol favors good canopy development and allows sunlight to envelope every berry on every cluster, resulting in exceptional color and flavor development in the fruit.
The 2019 vintage benefited from above-average preseason rainfall. This left us with a full soil- moisture profile as the vines woke from dormancy in April. Summer temperatures rose to normal for the region, with enough daytime heat to ripen the fruit, followed by cold nighttime temperatures which preserved flavors and acidity. Known as the “bookend” variety, the picking of late-maturing Petit Verdot signals to the winemaking team that another harvest season has come to an end. We harvested the grapes on November 5th, 2019, which gave the fruit ample time to develop expressive dark berry and floral aromas with focused yet soft tannins.