2017 Petit Verdot — Mudd West Vineyard, North Fork of Long Island AVA

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Wow, the new vintage of Petit Verdot is delicious! We now know and are convinced of the great potential of Petit Verdot here on Long Island. We have made Petit Verdot into a delicious red wine in the 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and now 2017 vintages and there is no doubt it is a star in our cellar. Petit Verdot is a black grape variety most often found in the red blends of the Medoc region of Bordeaux. Planted in small quantities around the world it is a small-berried, thick skinned variety. Our 2017 version is comprised of 85% Petit Verdot all from the Mudd West Vineyard on the North Fork and 15% Merlot. The 2017 Petit Verdot is a dark, dry, spicy red wine full of black and blue fruit character. The wine is very aromatic. Purple flowers, minerals, blueberries, black currants, wet stone, wild blackberries, and exotic spice are all there. So too is depth, purity and sex appeal. The wine is long, enticing, 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 older/neutral oak barrels for 17 months. This wine will match fantastically with prime rib, roast lamb and pork, grilled steaks, mushrooms, duck confit, squab and grain dishes. Our 2017 Petit Verdot is really a baby and while approachable and delectable now the wine will continue to improve in the bottle for more than a decade. We only made a little bit, 148 cases, so don't wait on securing some. It's not going to last that long! 6 bottle max per customer (and put at least three or four of those bottles away for a long time!)