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B. Leighton Olsen Brothers Vineyard Petite Verdot 2013

Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate 95pts:

The finest wine yet from this estate is the 2013 Petit Verdot Olsen Vineyard, which saw 22 months in 40% new barrels. Its saturated, inky purple color is flowed by a perfumed, layered and never heavy wine that offers full-bodied richness, beautiful blueberry, blackberry, peppery herbs, and gravel aromas and flavors; it has a killer finish. It should keep for 15+ years

From the winemaker:

This wine is expressive with violets, blackberry, black plum ad cured black olive notes. There is smoked paprika and crushed rock. Focused and elegant, but dense, seductive and mysterious.

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.

Technical Information:
Yield: 2.4 tons per acre
Sorting: 1 time
Yeasts: Native
Treatment: Punch downs
Malolactic Fermentation: Native
Primary fermentation: whole berry, 31 days on skins
Ageing: 40% new Oak for 22 months
Fining/Filtering: none
Total Production: 316 cases
Release date: Spring 2016
Alcohol: 13.5%


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Category: 2013, 90+ points, Washington



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