Every year, right around Halloween, we conjure up the ghosts of spirits past with our one-of-a-kind Ghost Winery bottling. This unique varietal celebrates our century old "ghost winery" that was built in 1885 and carefully renovated by Flora and Jerry Komes in 1977.
Our 2011 vintage is a Petite Verdot sourced from the Komes Ranch in Rutherford. We cultivate approximately 15 blocks of Petite Verdot on the valley floor next to Bale Slough Creek at the northern end of the Rutherford Appellation.
This limited-production bottling of Petite Verdot brings lush aromatics of ripe blueberry and plum, with delicate notes of granite dust, white pepper, and tobacco leaf. On the palate, Mediterranean spices and olive tapenade mingle with sweet mulberries—reminiscent of a homemade red velvet cake. A delightfully approachable wine.
As with other wines in our Ghost Winery series, our 2011 Petite Verdot features a label designed exclusively for this vintage by Virginia-based artist Wes Freed, best known for his Drive By Truckers CD cover art. In keeping with the Halloween theme, each bottle is topped with a randomly selected black or orange wax-dipped capsule.
The box set includes one bottle of 2011 Ghost Winery Petite Verdot and one limited-edition Ghost Winery Coffin Box - perfect for gift-giving or to put on display at your holiday party or in your wine cellar. Limited availability.
|Aging:||11 months French Oak Barrels (22% new, 45% 1-year-old, 33% 2-year-old)|
|Suggested Retail Price:||$65|
|Enjoyability:||Drink now through 2015 for optimum enjoyment.|
Across Napa Valley, a relatively cool, wet spring was followed by a mild summer and a harvest that extended well into November. The cold spring weather hampered fruit set, reducing crop by as much as 50%, or more in some vineyard blocks. A rain in late October delayed harvest and further reduced our crop yield. However, our close, daily attention to the vineyard—opening up canopies for better sun exposure and air flow, and thinning sub-optimum fruit to focus vine energy on the very best clusters—resulted in a low yield of exceptional quality fruit with highly concentrated flavors.