2018 Côtière Westgate Petit Verdot 'Curtis Vineyard'
Santa Ynez Valley, California
The Curtis Vineyard is located in Santa Ynez Valley. This distinct plateau descends in elevation northeast to southeast towards the ocean and to the famous Sta. Rita Hills. This location and tiny AVA is the warmest micro-climate in the Santa Ynez Valley. Mid-morning fog lifts to sunshine, where summertime temperatures can easily hit the mid-nineties. The soils here are a mixture of loam, clay, chert, and serpentine cobbles.
This is 100% Petit Verdot. It saw 20% new French Oak and 20 months in barrel, and was bottled unfined and unfiltered. Rich and quite dark in color, with very tight and deep tannins. Mostly black fruit flavors are distinctly noticeable - ranging from plum, blackberry, and blueberry to slightly lighter black cherry. Intriguing herbal and floral notes of violets, lilac, sage and dried herbs add complexity. The 20% new oak brings in a wonderful hazelnut and mocha accent as well, which adds a sweet note to the long finish.