It was a sad day here at Heritage Oak Winery a couple of Saturdays ago when we sold the last bottles of the 2011 Petite Verdot. When we said goodbye to that wonderfully big, juicy dark fruit wine with the incredibly soft mouthfeel as we sold the last two bottles. Big but soft, it seems like a contradiction, but it was so true. Just a great mouthfeel built on the fruit and gracefully subtle tannins. The only enjoyable thing about selling out was watching three customers squabble over the last two bottles! I can’t remember how they worked it out, but no punches were thrown.
Even with the loss of the 2011 Petite Verdot, there is indeed hope on the horizon. I just happen to know that Tom has his 2012 Petite Verdot aging nicely in the barrel room. I snuck a bottle out (with Tom’s okay of course) to give it a little preview. Here is my take on the 2012.
Bright, cheery and dark red color greets the eye as it is poured into a glass. Fruit flavors warm the nose. As with the 2011, it is a delightfully delicious, big fruity wine — robust and full-bodied with loads of dense black fruit flavors, juicy and rich. It has a solid structure built on tannins and a deep toasty oak finish. But alas….as wonderful as this wine is right now, it is going to benefit from a little more time in the bottle to soften up a bit, more fully develop that wonderfully soft mouthfeel that I, at least, enjoyed so much in the 2011. And…Tom is just not ready to release it until it is just perfect.
So, we will have to be patient to enjoy the wine and the moment. Watch the website for notice of when the 2012 is ready to say HELLO!
- Posted by Jim Curtis
- On April 11, 2016
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