2012 Central Park West Vineyard, Petit Verdot
October 2, 2012
The grapes for the 2012 Petit Verdot come from a choice 3-acre block of our Central Park West Vineyard. This vineyard, named in a nostalgic nod to the New York City origins of the Trinchero family, is located at the southern end of the St. Helena appellation. This vineyard is a level site with deep, loamy soils and good sun exposure — the ideal situation for producing classic Napa Valley Bordeaux varietals. Although Petit Verdot is typically used as a blender, the soil of this sunny valley floor site yields a Petit Verdot with balanced tannins and complex flavors.
The 2012 growing season began with an early budbreak and mild weather in the spring made for a heavy berry set. We had beautiful, consistent warm days throughout the growing season coupled with cool nights and foggy mornings ensuring good, slow ripeness. The phenolic maturity was in unison with sugar ripening. The warm fall with very little rain made for a harvest without incident. The resulting wines have beautiful balance and depth.
“Petit Verdot is most often used in blends, but I really enjoy making (and drinking) this wine on its own. This wine has a deep, inky purple color, and beautiful black fruit and floral aromas reminiscent of lavender and lilac. With layered blueberry and blackberry flavors, its ripe tannins lead into a sensual, round mouthfeel. As 100% Petit Verdot you really get a sense of the character of this varietal and, thanks to its valley floor origins, you can taste the power, but the tannins are tamed.” – Mario Monticelli