2011 Petit Verdot
Petit Verdot is principally used in classic Bordeaux blends. As Petit Verdot ripens so much later than the other Bordeaux varieties, it may seem surprising the varietal ripens so well at a cold vineyard like Bien Nacido. It is a variety known to have strong tannin, very dark color and a multitude of flavors and it is usually added to a Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend and not bottled separately.
This wine comes from a vineyard Clendenen established on leased land at Bien Nacido Vineyards in 1994 and 2000. Though long thought of as a blending grape of little significance in Bordeaux, Petit Verdot is far and away the most successful of the Bordeaux family in the Santa Maria Valley. Jim uses a slow, long, complete extraction fermentation in small open tanks. The wine undergoes malolactic fermentation in 50% new Taransaud wood and is aged in those barrels for 3 years, fined, and then bottled unfiltered. It is inky dark and possesses moderate tannins, generous dark berry fruit, and lovely length. A hallmark Central Coast red.