Petit Verdot


Name of varietal: Petit Verdot
Common synonyms:m Petit Verdeau, Petit Verdot Noir, Verdot, Bouton, Carmelin
Parentage of the grape: Balisca (Albania via Greece or Rome)
History of the grape: It is thought Petit Verdot (“little green one”) predates Cabernet Sauvignon in Bordeaux, as far back as the 16th or 17th century. It is traditionally used as a blending grape to add body for its spicy and tannic characteristics, along with Cabernet and Merlot and sometimes Cabernet Franc. Because it is a late ripener and a persnickety grower, not much of it was replanted after the Phylloxera epidemic in the late 19th century. It is still used in Bordeaux, but mostly in warmer vintages. It has also taken hold in warmer climates of the world where it has more of a chance to thrive, such as Australia.  
Characteristics of the grape: dark, tannic, blackberry, black plum, spicy, clove, tobacco, cedar, black pepper. 
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  • Seven Hills Petite Verdot 2012


    The wine is a beautiful inky purple color at the center with rich ruby along the edges. The nose is is just beautiful, expressing notes of blueberry, cherry, leather and mocha that exudes richness. The taste is a blast of ripe berries up front, blueberries, blackberries and ripe cherries that transition effortlessly to some earthy notes of smo... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka

  • I buy Zinfandel far too seldom and everytime I drink some I go, "Darn, ... subdued dining room, as the Petit Verdot was very nice also.  I do readily admit that after a few sips of that Seghesio, it was a no-brainer high note to end on.  The Sonoma is $33 here and funny, the votes on it compared to the Alexander Valley and the Sonoma Old Vine ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pinot Noir throwdown

  • Greg, don't even read this!Yesterday I hosted a pinot noir event.  It ... opened a 2009 Kettle Valley Petit Verdot as a follow up which was awesome.   Then we walked to "Stage", a winebar not far from my place and had some tapas and a bottle of the Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel.  Damn, wine of the night!&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pinot Noir throwdown

  • Rombauer Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012


    Deep dark black fruit aromas with a hint of black pepper. Light and fresh fruits with good acidity balance the rich vanilla and oak flavors. Black currants and Kalamata olives evolve over the palate. Toast and leather shore up for the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • After posting about my visit to Talley Vineyards, I think RBA asked to hear my ... ... Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Petit Verdot, 23% Malbec, 7% Merlo Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Bishop's Peak Elevation 2012


    Quite attractive purple color. Dried fruit nose. On the tongue, the first impression is blueberry. Maybe a bit of black plum. Fairly sedate winemost cabernet sauvignon characteristics are subdued. Little or no tannic dryness. Good acid makes for a reasonably good sipper. Not offensive, but not particularly memorable. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • The My FOX NY video of Devin Shomaker’s new vineyard will surprise you. ... pots. “We have Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc.”  According to Shomaker, his winery (called “Rooftop Reds”) will be the first commercial production vineyard in New York City. “After spending two years in upstate New York’s Finger Lake region studying vi... Read More

    From the article Who Needs Soil? Bold Vintner Takes Vineyard to Brooklyn Rooftop

  • Over the years, multiple varieties have made the news for one reason or ... ... grow great Pinot Noir. Petit Verdot–The Goth Envision walking into a vineyard that is otherwise happy and healthy except for one block which looks yellow, stressed, and spindly. Chances are that block is Petit Verdot. It has a high propensity for over-cropping and ... Read More

    From the article Challenging Wine Personalities

  • Pellegrini Vineyards Petit Verdot 2010


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    Wine review by QuiLoxx

  • Dr. Jebediah Drinkwell's Meritage 2007


    Decent red blend for the price. Easy drinking, but could have been better ... ... the cab franc, malbec, and petit verdot take over a but too muc Read More

    Wine review by connie7899

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  • Amazing varietal that has flourished here in the Levant area of Spain. Try Casa de la Ermita Petit Verdot 2006 for a superbly distinctive interpretation of the varietal.

    Comment by 631179Dean Stevens 631179 Dean Stevens

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