2016 Petit Verdot
Tasting Notes: The 2016 Petit Verdot is one of the most interesting and complex wines this year. It is full-bodied with a deep dark color. It delivers an intense aroma of dark wild berries, candy black cherries, dark chocolate, and mocha. It’s a wine that will constantly evolve in aromas of subtle notes of bay leaves, thyme, and forest floor with some mineral dusty smashed rocks. Spicy notes from the barrels are very well balanced with the expression of the dark fruit. The mouthfeel is full and long-lasting, with concentrated flavors of coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, ripe plums, and dark berries. Beautiful acidity that enhances the minerality so representative of Ehlers Estate terroir.
Vintage: 2016 was considered for many a near-perfect vintage in Napa, and I couldn’t agree more. The season started a little bit earlier than average years. Weather conditions throughout the year were perfect for achieving beautiful vine growth, proper ripeness, and the development of flavors and tannins in the grapes. Mild temperatures during the summer and warm days in September and October helped extend the hanging time of the fruit on the vines, allowing for perfect ripeness.
Varietal: 100% Petit Verdot
Harvest: September 21, 2016
Wine Analysis: 14.5% alcohol ● 3.79 pH
Appellation: St. Helena, Napa Valley
Bottling date: August 20, 2018
Cases Produced: 100 cases