The McGah Family Vineyards Petit Verdot block, planted in 2009 on Ponti Road in Rutherford, just across the street from Andy Beckstoffer’s Georges III Vineyard, produces one of the handful of 100% Petit Verdot varietal wines produced in the Napa Valley. Petit Verdot grapes, by the ton, are more expensive to purchase than Cabernet Sauvignon in the Napa Valley. Why? Petit Verdot offers deep color, structure, and gorgeous floral aromatics and flamboyant red fruit, so winemakers in the Napa Valley treasure this late-ripening variety as a reliable arrow in their quiver for blending. Scarlett’s winemaker, Mike Smith, describes “an intense set of aromas consisting of dark, heady fruit, cedar, and sandalwood spice. The mid-palate consists of firm but perfectly integrated acidity along with a ripe, rich and highly concentrated Rutherford fruit. A beautiful streak of anise runs right through the middle leading to a long and highlighted finish.” What do you think?