Grapes for the Napa Cellars 2017 Petit Verdot were sourced mostly 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 2017 Petit Verdot were handpicked and crushed immediately. Following a warm fermentation and a 17-day maceration period, the juice was pressed off the skins and seeds. This Petit Verdot was aged entirely in French oak — 44% of which were new, for 23 months.
The Napa Cellars 2017 Petit Verdot showcases bright aromas of black currant, cherry preserves, graphite and thyme. Black cherry and loganberry flavors coat the palate. This well-balanced, full bodied wine has firm tannins and is beautiful in color. A harmonious Petit Verdot, this wine reveals complex layers and unique characteristics that integrate seamlessly to create great depth in the glass. Pair the 2017 Napa Cellars Petit Verdot with decadent foods that can hold their own next to this substantial wine: grilled steak, spicy pork or beef stew.