2014 Jongleur Petit Verdot

2014 Jongleur Petit Verdot
2014 Jongleur Petit Verdot

100% Petit Verdot

A Jongleur is a medieval wanderer, entertainer, and juggler.  We borrowed the term Jongleur as a metaphor for our lifestyle as small business owners, winemakers, and parents of three daughters.

Tasting notes

Inky black-purple hue, typical for Petit Verdot.  Aromas of lilac, jasmine, wet gravel, white pepper, boysenberry, & blackberry leap from the glass. Mouthfeel is dense and plush with copious acidity.  The flavors lean toward opulent blackberry, white pepper, and earth tones.  The Jongleur is our most hedonistic tasting wine and a perfect wine to pair with red meats, barbecue, hearty cheeses and stews.  Enjoy through 202

Production notes

2014 was an incredibly warm vintage.  The summer was HOT and the warmth continued through the end of October.  A freak cold snap hit Washington in early November causing significant bud damage in lower elevations in the Walla Walla Valley.

All of the previous Jongleur’s were 100% Dionysus Vineyard Petit Verdot.  This is our first vintage working with fruit from the iconic Seven Hills Vineyard.  We were lucky to be assigned  Block 25 Petit Verdot, which used to go to Leonetti.  

Dionysus Petit Verdot was picked on Sept. 22nd and Seven Hills Petit Verdot was picked on October 13th.  The difference in pick dates is explained by the terrior.  Dionysis is planted in sandy soil on a steep, southwest facing slope above the Columbia River.  Seven Hills is planted in loamy soil with an east-west row orientation on a North facing slope.  

All the grapes were hand-harvested, hand-sorted, and fermented by yeasts native to their respective vineyards.  All the grapes were punched down three times daily until pressing.  Only the free-run wine was used for the Jongleur.   The components of the Jongleur was aged in French Oak barrels (25% new) for 21 months prior to bottling.

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VarietalPetit Verdot
Varietal Composition77 % Petit Verdot Dionysus Vineyard Block 13, 23% Seven Hills Petit Verdot Block 25
AppellationColumbia Valley
VineyardDionysus Vineyard / 7 hills
Harvest Date07/07/2016
Acid5.3 g/liter
Aging25% new French oak barrels for 21 months
Residual Sugar<0.5 g/liter
Volume750 ml

77% Dionysus Vineyard Block 13

23% Seven Hills Vineyard Block 25

Brett Isenhower

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