A wine label with white background and a black text reading: "B.Leighton. 2017. Petit Verdot. Olson Brothers Vineyard." A hand drawn poppy plant in the background.

2017 B.Leighton Petit Verdot – 1.5L

In stock
$130.00
Also Available in 750mL Bottles and previous vintage.

Tasting Notes by Winemaker Brennon Leighton

“Dark and brooding. Vibrant, beautiful and tantalizes the senses with violets, black cassis, pipe tobacco and forest flfloor. Elegant, fresh, deep and refifined. It continues with black raspberry, ocean breeze, orange zest and a touch of fresh herbs. Need I say more? Drink up, buttercup.”

Vintage Notes

2017 was a fantastic year for making wine with a cool spring and a fair amount of rain. Washington had an ideal spring for healthy vines. The moderate temperatures during summer were perfect for small clusters and yet delayed veraison into the fall where we had a consistent ripening season that allowed us to hang the fruit for perfect tannin and flavor without losing acidity or acquiring too much alcohol. Overall it was a vintage to remember.

Winemaking

Varietal Breakdown: 100% Petit Verdot
Appellation: Yakima Valley
Vineyard(s): Olsen Brothers Vineyard (100%)
Production: 2.5 tons per acre | Native yeast | 100% whole cluster fermentation | 37 days on skins | 41% new French oak barriques | 22 months barrel-aged on lees
Wine Analysis: 5.5 g/L titratable acidity | 3.86 pH | 14.5% alcohol | No residual sugar

Current & Past Scores

94 Points – Jeb Dunnuck (v2016)

“The 2016 Petit Verdot comes from a higher elevation block and was brought up in 40% new French oak. It has a great bouquet of white pepper, chocolatey dark fruits, tobacco, and a kiss of violets to go with a full-bodied, incredible elegant profile on the palate. You don’t find Petit Verdot with this level of finesse very often, and it has silky tannins, good mid-palate concentration, and a great finish. It’s another stunning wine from Leighton I’d be thrilled to drink over the coming 10-15 years.”

91 Points – James Suckling (v2016)

“A very good petit verdot with lots of ripeness and focus. The tannins frame the wine nicely. It’s flavorful and interesting. Drink now.”

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