We always keep our minds and mouths open to something new and delicious. We now know and are convinced of the great potential of Petit Verdot on Long Island. We try to seize the day when presented with an opportunity to create a tasty and expressive wine. 2012 was a particularly strong vintage and afforded us the chance to produce this stunning Petit Verdot, something we have only offered one other time (2010) as a varietal red wine before. Petit Verdot is a black grape variety most often found in the red blends of Bordeaux. Planted in small quantities around the world it is a small-berried, thick-skinned variety. Our 2012 version is comprised of 92% Petit Verdot all from the Mudd West vineyard on the North Fork and 8% Merlot from Sam McCullough’s home vineyard in Aquebogue. Our 2012 Petit Verdot is a dry, spicy red wine full of black and blue fruit character. The wine is very aromatic…purple flowers, minerals, black currants, wild blackberries, rare meat and exotic spice are all there. So too is depth, purity and sex appeal. The wine is long, enticing, alluring, concentrated, textural, complex…simply delicious! There is balance of fruit character, moderate alcohol, juicy acidity, ripe, grippy tannins and integrated oak. As with all our red wines this wine was made from hand-harvested fruit that was de-stemmed, stomped on by foot and punched down by hand. The wine was raised in mostly neutral oak barrels (one barrel was new accounting for 11%) for 13 months. This wine will match fantastically with prime rib, roast lamb and pork, grilled steaks, mushrooms, duck confit, squab and grain dishes. Our 2012 Petit Verdot is a baby and while approachable and delectable now the wine will continue to improve in the bottle for at least a decade. 234 cases made.