2012 Petit Verdot Ciel du Cheval, Red Mountain


Ciel du Cheval first planted Petit Verdot in 2000. Typically Petit Verdot is blended with other Bordeaux grape varieties in order to add structure. At Ciel it produces a wine that can stand by itself, with an intense fruitiness and a clear presentation of the site's terroir. This Petit Verdot was made with minimal intervention to allow the grapes to naturally show through in the wine. The wine was fermented in open top fermenters then placed in a mix of new (40%)and neutral (60%) French Oak barrels and aged for 22 months.


Deep in color this highly concentrated wine has a nose that exudes black fruits, including blackberries and plums. The fruit is balanced with a touch of oak aroma. The mid-palate is as intense as the nose and the mouthfeel has the dense and supple tannins that are characteristic of Red Mountain. 122 cases produced. 93 pts, Editor's Choice, Wine Enthusiast.  Learn more ...

Varietal100% Petit Verdot
AppellationRed Mountain
VineyardCiel du Ceval
Acid.6.0 g/l
Aging40% New French Oak and 60% Neutral Oak for 22 months
Fermentation100 % Open Top Fermenter
Wine StyleRed Wine
Volume750 ml

93 points WIne Enthusiast, Editor's Choice.
By Paul Gregutt (12/31/2014)

Pure Petit Verdot from Red Mountain’s quintessential Bordeaux varietal vineyard—does it get any better? Big, deep and tannic, with lovely purity, this features ultraripe fig and plum fruit with a pleasing salinity. The finish is persistent and shows a streak of iron. Note the alcohol is pushing 16% however it is beautifully integrated.

91+ points, Vinous
By Stephen Tanzer (December 2014)

Saturated medium ruby. Enticing perfume of blackberry, violet, licorice pastille, bitter chocolate and mint. Dense, sappy and sweet, with outstanding retention of freshness and energy for such a high-alcohol wine thanks to penetrating acidity. The flavors of black fruits, violet and licorice show terrific depth. Finishes with big, chewy, building tannins and the ripe fruit to support them. Give this at least five more years in the cellar

Great Northwest wine (8/27/2015)

Red Mountain pioneer Jim Holmes planted Petit Verdot just after Y2K, which makes it a relatively young block for Ciel du Cheval Vineyard, and his son, Richard, shows why this Bordeaux grape, traditionally a blender, can make an expressive and powerful wine on its own. The nose of black plum, black raspberry and cola includes dark tones of black licorice, vanilla extract and toast. There’s a mouth-filling combination of black cherry and Hostess Blackberry Pie flavors that stand up to the expected heft of tannins, and yet there’s balance with the fruit — even a sense of opulence.

2012 Production Team

A grower owned winery, Côtes de Ciel was founded in 2012 by the Holmes family of Ciel du Cheval Vineyards. At Côtes de Ciel, we believe that all wine starts its journey in the vineyard and moves through the winery. Throughout this process, many people make a significant contribution and impact on the wine. Below are a few of the key people that impacted the 2012 vintage.

Richard Holmes Winemaker
Ryan Johnson Vineyard Manger
Sadie Drury Assistant Vineyard Manager
Jim and Pat Holmes   Grapegrower
Charlies Hoppes Consultant - Winemaking
Mitch Venohr Consultant - WInemaking
Hilary Sojlund Consultant - Enology

2012 Petit Verdot Ciel du Cheval, Red Mountain
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