2014 Port Works Aris Petit Verdot Port Clarksburg California

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2014 Port Works Aris Petit Verdot Port Clarksburg California

The grapes for this hand (and foot)-crafted port were grown in the Clarksburg AVA in Northern California by the Heringer family. The Heringers are proud of their sustainably managed vineyards.

The grapes were picked late in the fall in the early morning hours and brought to our cellar cool. After two days of cold soaking for color extraction, we began fermentation. When the grape sugars reach 9%, we began foot pressing and fortifying to stop the ferment. Our unique foot press allows for the juice to run freely. What remained in the skins was gently pressed to avoid extracting unwanted tannins. Once fortified, the port was placed in small, neutral oak casks for aging.

Appellation: Clarksburg
Grape Variety: 100% Petit Verdot
Vintage: 2013
Harvest Date: October 23, 2013
Brix at Harvest: 27
Fortification: 165 proof sclera-aged spirit
Port Aging: 2 years in neutral oak
Final RS: 6.0%
Final Alcohol: 18.5%

Big, bold, and earthy, our 2013 Petit Verdot port brims with dark fruit flavors - black cherry, dark chocolate, and pipe tobacco. The finish is clean, surprising dry, and wonderfully lingering.

92pts - Chris Sawyer "Sommelier to the Stars"
"Although it’s one of the five main grapes used to make the famous red wine blends in the Bordeaux region of France, Petit Verdot has been a mystery to most American consumers. But thanks to the recent series of new domestic plantings in the United States, the popularity of the grape has reached an all-time high over the past decade. 

In Northern California, one of the big fans of the grape variety is portmaker Bill Reading of the Petaluma, California-based Sonoma Portworks, who makes his Aris Petit Verdot Port with high-quality, sustainably-framed grapes from the historic wine region of Clarksburg, an hour east of the San Francisco Bay Area.

From the highly-touted 2014 vintage, this new release immediately commands attention with a dark inky hue and tantalizing aromas of dark fruits, wild berries, ripe figs, tobacco and roasted chestnut. On the palate, the texture is rich and smooth, with concentrated flavors of dark cherry, ripe blackberry, cassis, pomegranate, blood orange peel, dark chocolate nibs, savory spices and earthy undertones leading to a lingering finish. Together, this gentle interplay of full-bodied flavors, grippy tannins, structure and a burst of vibrant acidity on the mid-palate, help keep the wine fresh, lively and delicious. Thus, instead of being one-dimensional, too sweet or cloying, it’s a fantastic wine that is
distinctive, flavorful, and extremely satisfying from the first sip to the last.

Suggested pairings: Ripe, tangy and creamy cheeses like Gorgonzola and Rogue River Blue; roasted figs wrapped in prosciutto; pan-seared Foie Gras drizzled with black cherry sauce; hickory-smoked almonds; and rich chocolate desserts."

SRP: $34 Bottle / $408 Case