glass, the density of the wine is immediately
apparent and it offers up aromas of black cassis
and cherry fruits, Tahitian vanilla and other
Once on the palate, the richness
alluded to by the density is confirmed, with
supple, sweet tannins gliding past loads of
blackberry and currant juices. Full-bodied and
broad in the mouth, the finish is long and full of
flavor. Quite delicious now, it will continue to
develop for 3-5 years, and will likely drink well
through 2025 (and beyond), should you choose to
lay it down in your cellar.
2011 is a cool vintage in Washington State. Many vineyards
had frost damage during the winter. The summer was cool, with some
vineyards recording their latest harvest on record. The grapes fully ripened
expressing full, rich flavors with moderate acidity levels and low pHs, a
measure of tartness. This combination is unusual and leads to pleasurable
balance and longevity in the wines.
24 months in barrel; 50% New, 50% Neutral; American & French Oak
Our 2011 Petit Barone has a dark red/
black color, with impressive saturation.