2011 Ghost Winery Petit Verdot

2011 Ghost Winery Petit Verdot


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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 Petit Verdot sourced from the Komes Ranch in Rutherford. We cultivate approximately 15 blocks of Petit Verdot on the valley floor next to Bale Slough Creek at the northern end of the Rutherford Appellation.

This limited-production bottling of Petit 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.

Label Design
As with other wines in our Ghost Winery series, our 2011 Petit 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.

All the Facts

Appellation:Napa Valley
Varietal:Petit Verdot
Cases Produced:375
Aging:11 months French Oak Barrels (22% new, 45% 1-year-old, 33% 2-year-old)
Enjoyability:Drink now through 2015 for optimum enjoyment.

On the Vine

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.