The word ‘opaque’ means “impenetrable to light” and refers to the dark, inky, impenetrable color of our family’s Petit Verdot. Originally from Bordeaux, Petit Verdot is normally used for blending with other grapes, such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. We were so impressed by this wine from our estate vineyard in Paso Robles, that we bottled it without
Along California’s Central Coast, the Paso Robles appellation of San Luis Obispo County provides an ideal climate for growing Petit Verdot. A dry climate with warm days allows from complete maturation of the grapes and create ripe fruit flavors. The maritime influence of the Pacific Ocean creates very cool nights, which preserve the natural acid balance of the grapes.
The quality of the 2012 vintage was excellent. The weather was ideal with a long growing season that provided great “hang time” for the grapes. Winemakers Anthony Riboli and
Arnaud Debons work closely with multiple vineyards from various districts within Paso Robles. All vineyard owners are long-term partners in this process. Each vineyard lot is fermented seperately to preserve the unique flavors of its terroir.
After aging in French and American barrels for 24 months, our wine reveals ripe flavors of black plum and currant with accents of vanilla and dark chocolate. Structured tannins provide texture and depth with a lengthy finish. Enjoy the darkness!