Petit Verdot is mostly a blending grape, and will continue to be so. However, in 2016 and 2018 mother nature was extremely generous with its yield, that Coho decided to make a single varietal Petit Verdot – For years Coho has sourced from this amazing single vineyard “Chinn” in Coombsville, Napa Valley and this “Premiere Release” is a blend of those 2 vintages.
Winemaker Phil Titus blended some Cabernet (8%) and Merlot (5% ) with the Petit Verdot.. It was aged for 16 months in 20% new French oak (50% second use, the rest neutral). The wine is lively, fresh, elegant and tinged with sweet oak in its youth, this is a Petit Verdot with some distinction. I loved the finesse in the mid-palate and the fine, lingering finish. Showing reasonable concentration and some pop on that finish too, this is well done. It can be approached now. It will be better in a year, and it should age reasonably well. Only 65 cases of this little gem were produced, so HURRY to get some quick!
Winemaker Notes: “Dark violet in color followed by an intense set of aromas consisting of dark heady fruit, cedar and sandalwood spice. The mid-palate consists of firm but perfectly integrated acidity along with a ripe, rich and highly concentrated Coombsville fruit. A beautiful streak of anise runs through the middle leading to a long and highlighted finish. Consistent with the nature of this varietal, the tannins are forefront, but have a measure of finesse and polish allowing this wine to be enjoyed in its youth.”