2016 Jongleur Petit Verdot

2016 Jongleur Petit Verdot
2016 Jongleur Petit Verdot

100% Petit Verdot from Dionysus Vineyard. Petit Verdot is a relatively rare Bordeaux variety - the grapes tend to ripen late and have blistering acidity, and most wineries use Petit Verdot for blending. There are few 100% Petit Verdot wines because it takes a terrific vineyard to ripen the Petit Verdot properly. 

Tasting notes

The Petit Verdot has an intense dark red hue with aromas of lavender, violets, jasmine, vanilla bean, black plums, blackberries, and white pepper. The mouthfeel is bold and intense yet lithe with a lightness. Gripping acidity balances the richness, with flavors of dense black plums and blackberries, underlaid with minerality, vanilla, and pepper. The tannins are plentiful and long on the finish.

Production notes

We harvested 4.18 tons of Petit Verdot from Dionysus Vineyard on September 16, 2016. Dionysus is the perfect location in Washington for this finicky vine. The hand-picked and destemmed grapes were cold soaked for three days before the native yeasts began to ferment. After nine days the grapes were pressed but only the free run wine was retained for the Jongleur. The wine was aged in 100% French Oak barrels (28% new) for 22 months prior to bottling.

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VarietalPetit Verdot
Varietal Composition100% Petit Verdot
AppellationColumbia Valley
Harvest Date09/16/2016
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date06/26/2018
Cases Produced220

Dionysus Vineyard

Brett Isenhower

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