The unsung hero of varietals, this Petit Verdot is decadent, dense and focused. In an effort to make this grape understood and appreciated, it presents itself with grace and confidence; aromatics of violets, cassis and black plums incorporate with the essence of crushed rock and licorice. The finish lingers forever, echoing consistently, but adding notes of mint, grilled meats and exotic spices.
Olsen Brothers is located on the Northwest bend of the Yakima River as it turns North at Red Mounatin. The elevation averages about 1000 feet and the soils are sandy with broken basalt.
The warmest vintage since 2003 cooled off just in time for harvest. The resulting wines were less likely to tip over into overripe flavors or high alcohol levels, and picking proceeded at a normal pace. Total tonnage was up about 5 percent over 2012, a record for the state. 2013 made us thank Sweet Baby Jesus that our white wine vineyards are cool sites at higher elevation. The very warm vintage cooled down in mid-September allowing us to pick at the perfect moment in the first week of October. This gave us generous full flavored wine while still keeping focus.
Yield: 2.5 tons per acre
Sorting: 1 time
Treatment: Punch downs
Malolactic Fermentation: Native
Primary fermentation: whole berry, 33 days on skins
Ageing: 50% new French oak for 22 months
Total Production: 120 cases
Release date: Spring 2015
93-95 points, Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
93+ points, Stephen Tanzer