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 2020 Petit Verdot

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2020 Petit Verdot

 2020 Petit Verdot
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Tasting Notes

Our 2020 Petit Verdot showcases an exceptional depth of color and an abundance of dark fruit. Aromas of black cherry and blackberry are layered with a hint of black tea leaf. Full-bodied and well-structured, lush tannins coat the palate while flavors of black cassis, smoked fig, and an elegant touch of toasted oak linger on the finish.

Vineyard Designation

100% estate grown

Vintage Notes

The 2020 vintage will go down as a very memorable year. The growing season was exceptional with a mild winter, warm spring, and moderate summer. Bud break occurred 2 weeks earlier than normal and veraison was well ahead of schedule too. Just as we were preparing for an early start to harvest, wildfires in the Northwest created a thick cloud of smoke over Washington State. Concerns arose about exposure to smoke. Taking a cautious approach, we delayed harvest until the smoke cleared and conducted trials to determine the effect of smoke on our grapes. Fortunately, results showed no sign of smoke taint. Proximity to the source of smoke plays a big factor, and our vineyard was a long distance away. Overall, we have not seen any impact of smoke on the 2020 vintage. Another major event of this vintage was an early frost that occurred the second week of October. Our winemaking team worked tirelessly long hours leading up to the frost. By the time our vineyards had been impacted by the cold spell, our winery was stuffed with fermenting grapes and harvest was 95% complete. All remaining grapes were then hand-harvested and sorted with an optical sorter to remove any excessive M.O.G. or bad grapes. After our wines completed alcoholic fermentation, we were very pleased with the results. We at Airfield have another stunning vintage for you to enjoy. The 2020 wines showcase an abundance of ripe fruit aromatics, low tannin profiles, and exceptionally balanced finishes.

Winemaking Notes

The Petit Verdot was sourced from reserve tier blocks on our estate vineyard. These particular blocks were cropped to smaller yields to obtain more ripeness and concentrated flavors. Harvested towards the end of October at optimal maturity, the grapes were destemmed and sorted using our optical sorter before being sent directly to small fermenters. Cold soaked for 48 hours, the grapes and juice were then inoculating with a specific yeast strain for alcoholic fermentation. Our extraction protocol was balanced between aerated pump-overs and gentle punch downs to extract the complex flavors from our Petit Verdot while maintaining tannin extraction and balance with the wine’s natural acidity. Fermented on the skins for 14 days, the wine was then drained from the skins, and the skins were sent to the press to gently extract any remaining wine. The wine was then aged for 22 months in French oak barrels (34% new, 36% 2-year-old, and 30% neutral French oak). During the first two month of aging, the settled lees were stirred back into the wine twice a month to help create added roundness, structure, and finesse. The goal with our oak aging regimen was to add a level of complexity while preserving the bountiful fruit aromatics of our Petit Verdot.

* This wine is considered Vegan made, meaning no animal byproducts were used in the production of this wine.

Food Pairing

Chipotle Grilled Filet Mignon in Mango Salsa
Braised Lamb Shoulder with Fennel and Orange
Barbecue Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Pecorino or Smoked Gouda

  • Varietal Composition: 100% Petit Verdot
  • Appellation: Yakima Valley
  • Cases Produced: 248 cases
  • Alcohol: 14.4%
  • pH: 3.64
  • Acidity: 7.4 g/L
  • Ageability: Enjoy now through 2036 with optimal maturity around 2030

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