Producer: Sunset Hills Winery
Region: Middleburg AVA, Northern Virginia, Virginia
Price: N/A; Club Only
Varietals: 90% Petit Verdot. 10% Merlot
Winemaker Notes: In many ways, Petit Verdot was a savior of the 2011 red harvest. While the heavy rains of the season made it difficult for most reds to ripen as fully as we’d prefer, Petit Verdot, which is naturally quick to ripen very fully, made it through the rains with style. Additionally, with its small, tough berries and heavy pigment, what was not used in this varietal blend became a very important blending piece for our other 2011 red wines. The best Petit Verdot of the season, however, was saved for this blend. We don’t always make a varietal Petit Verdot, but when the quality is high enough, and when the wine is interesting enough, we’re excited to bottle it. The 2011 is no exception to the characteristics we’re coming to understand of these vineyards – dark fruits, prunes, brambles, cherries, spice, with a nice round mouthfeel and powerful, gripping tannins. Petit Verdot is certainly not for everyone, but those who like it really seem to love it, and we’re happy that we’ve got a customer base with enough Petit Verdot fanatics to keep us busy with this grape.
Virginia Pour House Notes: This wine exhibits aromas of tobacco and dark fruit massaged with light oak. The flavors carry a mix of black currants and cigar box, while bearing sharp, bold tannins, and an intense inky dark color. A bit heavy on the body, not as lengthy of a finish as I would have liked, but overall a pretty decent wine.