2016 Petit Verdot Port

2016 Petit Verdot Port
2016 Petit Verdot Port

We combined brandy made from our own Cabernet Sauvignon with the ripest Petit Verdot grapes from Dionysus Vineyard. The result is a 20th Anniversary Port that will be delicious for 20 years!

Tasting notes

The initial aromas are blackberries, lilacs, black cherry pie, white pepper, wet stones, and truffles. A full inhalation provides a feeling of sweet warmth.  The Port has flavors of blackberries and cherry pie with hints of white pepper and truffles.  The mouthfeel is sweet and luscious, however not cloying because of the acidity.  Tannins are very restrained and integrated.  Enjoy through 2039.

Production notes

Port wines are produced by adding high alcohol brandy to fermenting wine.  The brandy stops the fermentation, leaving a desired percentage of residual sugar and higher alcohol levels than traditional red wine, creating a deep, rich dessert-style wine that ages very well.


We distilled Cabernet Sauvignon from Summit View Vineyard to make the brandy.  Petit Verdot from Dionysus Vineyard was chosen because they are our most ripe grapes every harvest.  The Petit Verdot was fermented to 10 brix, pressed, and then 31.5 gallons of the 172.6 proof brandy was added.  The net result if s 18.7% alcohol Port with 8.1% residual sugar.  The Port was aged in neutral French Oak barrels for 2 years, then bottled in a stylized 20th Anniversary bottle.  We were very pleased to have "nailed it" on our first attempt to make a port. 

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VarietalPetit Verdot
Varietal Composition100% Petit Verdot
AppellationColumbia Valley
VineyardDionysus Vineyard
Residual Sugar8.1 g/liter
Wine StylePort
Volume500 ml
Bottling Date07/24/2018
Cases Produced187

100% Dionysus Vineyard Petit Verdot

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