This fascinating blend of Petit Verdot and Zinfandel from Rector Creek’s coveted Block 4 has produced a rich and complex wine, with aromas of violet, potpourri, brown sugar and bay leaf, as well as umami notions of Hoisin sauce. On the palate, flavors of red and black cherry, blackberry, fig and vanilla cola are framed by round, structured tannins and enlivening acidity, driving the flavors to a long finish.
The 2021 growing season started with a very dry winter, with almost no rain in the month of February. Due to the lack of moisture, there were more frost events, which when combined with an extended period of bloom led to some shatter during cluster formation, resulting in smaller overall yields. Summer brought ideal temperate weather ensuring that the grapes were able to achieve excellent ripeness. While harvest was fairly compressed, with both white and red grapes coming into the winery at the same time, the quality of the fruit was exceptional, producing a stunning vintage of beautifully concentrated wines with deep, alluring colors.