2019 H/H Estates Artist Series Petit Verdot
Horse Heaven Hills AVA
A rich dark garnet color, this wine is intense from the first moment it hits your glass. Loaded with spicy currant aromas, oak, and dark chocolate. The flavors are full and rich with lingering tannins and sweet oak essence. This wine will benefit from additional aging, drink 2025-2035.
2019 started with some cold winter weather. The month of February was filled with snow. The soils were wet and when spring hit growth took off. We didn’t need to irrigate the grapes until July, much later than average. The summer was warm but not overly extreme. The heat units were on pace with some of the hotter vintages early but trailed off as summer came to an end. Harvest kicked off with our Rose in late August, then the whites in September. Things continued smoothly until we got a cold snap in October. It was all hands on deck at that point, and we hustled to harvest the rest of the grapes. Our Petit Verdot is always one of the last varietals we pick and we were happy they ripened completely. The wines from this vintage are tasting amazing and we think it will end up being another stellar vintage of wines from Coyote Canyon Vineyard.
Our Artist Series wines are picked from some of our most distinct vineyard lots. We focus on creating an intense wine that will age gracefully. This was aged in 2 French Oak Barrels, one new and one neutral, for 18 months. The wine is meant to age for 4-5 years before opening and should last for much longer when cellared properly. I like the fruit complexity in this wine. The oak is adding a nice sweet note and some additional tannin to the mix. You will be tempted to open this early but will be rewarded for waiting a couple of years.