2015 Reserve Petit Verdot 750ml
Vineyard: The grapes for Hanna’s 2015 Reserve Petit Verdot were grown on the steep West-facing terrace on our Red Ranch in Alexander Valley. The vineyard is planted to 50 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, 10 acres of Malbec, two-and-a-half acres of Merlot, two acres of Petit Verdot, and just over a half acre of Saint Macaire. The Cabernet is planted to clones 7, 2, 6, 412 and 685. The Malbec is clone 9, the Merlot is clone 3, the Petit Verdot is clone 400, and the Saint Macaire is a field selection.
Vintage 2015: The 2015 growing season was once again dry and odd. Late winter and early spring were hot. Late spring was cool and fruit set was poor. The peak summer months were moderate, resulting in steady ripening and good acid retention. Late summer heat pushed sugar accumulation because of the small crop. We harvested our Alexander Valley Petit Verdot on September 28, at 29.2 degrees Brix.
Winemaking: We hand-harvested in the cool hours from midnight to sunrise. The grapes were sorted, destemmed and partially crushed to stainless steel fermentation tanks. The must was cold soaked for eight days before being warmed and inoculated. Pressing was done “to taste”, based on hourly tastings of the wines during peak fermentation. The newly pressed wines were racked to tank and allowed to settle before barreling. The wine was barreled in November 2015 into Hungarian and French oak coopered by Nadalie, Trust and Boutes. Blending was done in the Winter of 2016 and the blend was finalized in the Winter of 2018.
Tasting Notes: We are proud to release a rarity; a single vineyard Petit Verdot from our Alexander Valley Red Ranch. With inky color, exotic spices, sandalwood, anise, and dark berries. Flavors of malt, cardamom, boysenberry. Big, but restrained for Petit Verdot. Finish of espresso and sweet cherries.
Variety: 75% Petit Verdot, 19% Malbec, 3% Cab Sauv, 2% Saint Macaire, 1% Merlot
Vineyard Location: HANNA Red Ranch Petit Verdot block 26, Saint Macaire block 32, Cab blocks 11, 4, 7, & 33, Merlot block 15, Malbec block 1
Age of Vines: 4-25 years
Acidity (TA): 0.44
Residual Sugar: 0.2%
Avg. Brix at Harvest: 29.2o
Length/Type of Aging: 26 months in 60 gal Hungarian & French oak barrels. 83% New Hungarian.
Oak Types: French oak coopered by Nadalie, Trust, and Boutes
Bottling Date: March 27, 2018
Number of Cases: 146