2017 Westgate Petit Verdot

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2017 Westgate Petit Verdot

30.00

The Mateo Vineyard is located on the far western edge of the Happy Canyon appellation in Santa Ynez. This distinct valley descends in elevation northeast to southeast towards the ocean and to the famous Sta. Rita Hills. This location and tiny AVA is the warmest micro-climate in the Santa Ynez Valley. Mid-morning fog lifts to sunshine, where summertime temperatures can easily hit the mid-nineties. The soils here are a mixture of loam, clay, chert, and serpentine cobbles.

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The 2017 Petit Verdot from the Mateo Vineyard is rich, quite dark in color, with very tight and deep tannins. Mostly black fruit flavors are distinctly noticeable - ranging from plum, blackberry, and blueberry to slightly lighter black cherry. Intriguing herbal and floral notes of violets, lilac, sage and dried herbs add complexity. The 20% new oak brings in a wonderful hazelnut and mocha accent as well, which adds a sweet note to the long finish.

2017 Westgate Petit Verdot

Varietal Selection: 95% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc.
Growing Season: 2017 was a perfect vintage throughout the state. Warm fall conditions and cool nights resulted in a later harvest with significant hang time.
Brix at Harvest: 25 Brix.
Chemistry: Finished total acidity 0.59 with a pH of 3.69, Alc. 14.5%
Fermentation / Élevage: 20% new American Oak, 20 months in barrel, and bottled unfined, unfiltered.