2012 Petit Verdot

2012 Petit Verdot

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Petit Verdot is a Bordeaux variety predominantly used for blending due to its dark color and high tannin contributions in the finished wine. Indeed at Vina Robles, a small percentage of this variety typically finds its way into our Cabernet Sauvignon wines for this purpose. However, we have found the variety exhibits richness and balance without the excessive astringency when grown in our estate vineyards. As such, we singled out a small lot offering from our Huerhuero Vineyard to showcase its exceptional qualities as a standalone wine.

The grapes were handpicked in the cool morning hours and sorted in the vineyard. They were gently crushed and then allowed to ferment in small stainless steel tanks. Various extraction techniques were implemented during the progressive stages of fermentation to enhance fruit flavors and balance mouthfeel. The wine was then transferred into barrels to complete malolactic fermentation and spent 20 months in French oak barrels.

Enjoy now through 2024.

Tasting Notes

  • Color: Dark garnet
  • Aroma: Cherry and dark chocolate with hints of fine tobacco
  • Taste: Medium to full-bodied; cherry and cocoa powder flavors with a fine grain, chalky finish


  • 90 Points - Vinous, September 2015
  • 89 Points - Wine Enthusiast, April 2016
Other Notes
"An exemplary Petit Verdot from Paso Robles" — Kevin Willenborg, Winemaker
Wine Specs
Petit Verdot
Paso Robles
Harvest Date
Oct. 15, 2012
20 months in French oak barrels
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