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Petit Verdot

Posted by hightph, Dec 15, 2013.

Where can I find a good supply of Petit Verdot?  Any good suggestions on this wine?


Reply by EMark, Dec 15, 2013.

Boy, you have picked a grape that is not highly sought after as a varietal wine.  Also, I have jumped to the conclusion that you are looking for a "varietal bottling" and not one in which Petit Verdot is blended with other grapes at a relatively low percentage.  So, it is understandable that you might be having difficulty.  Here are two on-line vendors that seem to be offering varietal bottlings of Petit Verdot from different regions.

It is possible, if not likely, that you have tried an internet search and also located these, but the laws of your state prohibit delivery of wine.

Here are a two California wineries with which I have some familiarity (and some confidence in their wines)  that offer varietal bottlings of Petit Verdot.  Unfortunately, I don't think that either of these is widely distributed, but, if they can't ship to you, maybe you can contact them and inquire about retail availability in your area:

Good luck.

Reply by duncan 906, Dec 15, 2013.

Petit Verdot is one of the minor blending varieties of Bordeaux.I have never seen a straight Petit Verdot

Reply by JonDerry, Dec 15, 2013.

Check out Rasa in Washington if it meets with your budget. I believe the price of their highly acclaimed Petit Verdot is $44.00 and it's called "Living in the Limelight" blended with some Cabernet Sauvignon

2011 Rasa Living in the Limelight -

I'm having all kinds of issues with hyperlinks on this laptop and IE right now, so that'll have to do.



Reply by vin0vin0, Dec 15, 2013.

The only straight Petit Verdot I've seen is this one from Smith Wooton (Napa).  It is still in the cellar so I can't give you a taste profile but everything else I've tried from them is really good.

Smith Wooton Petit Verdot

Reply by cgplayer9, Dec 16, 2013.

A Petit Verdot's that I really like is Finca Decero Petit Verdot Remolinos Vineyard, from Mendoza for around $36.

Reply by BradoP, Dec 17, 2013.

There are some great 100% Petit Verdot coming out of Mendoza. Try the Gran Lorca Poético Petit Verdot. If you are from the USA you can probably get it for a decent price from

Reply by GregT, Dec 17, 2013.

No idea why anyone would really want Petit Verdot, but there are a few from Australia - Pirrammina and Craneford come to mind as making varietal bottlings, in Napa Ballentine does one, and in Spain Marques de Grinon does a pretty good one. At least those are the ones that come to mind from recent tastings. There are others but I'm blanking on them right now.

Reply by jtryka, Dec 17, 2013.

I know L'Ecole and Seven Hills out of Washington have bottled Petit Verdot in the past (I think I still have a few bottles) but it's not a regularly produced wine.  I think the last vintage of L'Ecole was 2009 released in 2012, and the last one from Seven Hills was the 2007 vintage.  Both were very interesting from what I recall, unusual for a blending grape.

Reply by napagirl68, Dec 17, 2013.

Agree with GregT... not sure why you would want a single varietal Petit verdot?  It is typically a blending grape.  That said, I have tasted exact THREE single vineyard Petit Verdots out of CA.. Lodi, and two from Livermore.  While interesting, I found them to be too intense for my palate.

Reply by GregT, Dec 17, 2013.

Too intensely green and bitter? I can see it in Australia and Argentina where it can get some intense sun, so I'm not completely dismissing it but it's rare to find one that I'd prefer to something else. It's like salt - a little enhances a dish, too much makes it inedible.

Reply by napagirl68, Dec 17, 2013.

Yes, GregT.. way too intense bitter first, but as you mention it, green as well.  Easily confused for me with intense, young tea-like tannins.

Reply by Lucha Vino, Dec 18, 2013.

Januik also makes a Petit Verdot from Ciel du Cheval vineyard.  It looks like the 2010 is sold out.  The last time I was in their tasting room it was one of my favorites.


Reply by Richard Foxall, Dec 20, 2013.

Not too long ago, I tasted the reserve wines at William Hill on Atlas Peak in Napa.  And the wine that impressed me the most was the Petite Verdot.  My suspicion is that, as Cab gets overripe in a lot of Napa locations these days, Petite Verdot will actually be drinkable as the majority grape in the wine.  (Oddly, they also had a really good Cab Franc, which usually saves cooler sites.) First time I have had a varietal PV wine that wasn't just all the bitter tannins and weird greenness that others here mentioned.  Standard price for the wine was $55, but with a purchase over $100 total, that knocked off a bit, so two bottles came out to $37.50 per.  Not sure whether you can get this outside the tasting room/winery with the discount.  I almost skipped it at the tasting but am glad I didn't.  That said, I'm not rushing to stock my cellar with other instances of it.

Reply by BENLLI, Dec 20, 2013.

Well ,normally in France petit verdot is usually as minority grape but with big influence in Bourdeaux wine.

In Spain there are some monovarietal wine, for example Marques de Griñón, Abadía Retuerta, Andalus, Casa La Ermita y Enrique Mendoza. The prices are between near 100 euros until 12 euros.

Reply by jescobio, Dec 27, 2013.

Mendoza Petit's are outstanding.  

Reply by cgplayer9, Dec 27, 2013.

My experience with Petit Verdot varietal, though fairly limited, has been very favorable. In addition to the Decero I mentioned previously, I had three different vintages of Moon Mountain PV that was hitting the flash sites a year or so ago and really hope the new owners keep producing it. Yes, there were hints of the namesake greenness, but I felt it was well integrated within a complex, well-structured very tasty wine. I look forward to trying others.

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