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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  • Emark - one thing to remember is that as I mentioned before, once lignification ... better - Cab Sauvignon and Petit Verdot for example, as opposed to Pinot Noir. In addition, the physical act of striking the skin may be responsible for some of the splitting.To prevent that, the analog of plastic sheeting on the ground would be umbrellas or can... Read More

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  • Mud in the vineyards, transportation delays elsewhere because of the rain, (in ... ... Cabernet sauvignon and petit verdot, and to a slightly lesser extent merlot and malbec, are considered fairly indestructible. (Interesting that the Bordeaux varieties have evolved/been shaped to deal with the dampness of their home environment better than t... Read More

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  • Whew,,, Peter and Adam Just dodged a major bullet and Now I am wanting to reserve the 2014 Cargassaci and Keefer Pinot Noirs from Siduri..Just as the final grapes were harvested by Peter Cargassaci for Siduri Wines it started to pour Rain...  The story will be told, just as I taught a Wine Class 2 days prior regarding Pinot Noir/ Burgundy.Exactl... Read More

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  • Sojourn Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 2011

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    Just 169 cases were made and its sold out at the winery. There should still be some at restaurants. Another unusually ripe wine for the vintage with dark ruby color and aromas of black cherry jam, both sweet and sour red cherries, dark spice, dry herb, potting soil and oak. The palate is virtually full-bodied and very fresh with moderate tannin... Read More

    Wine review by Fred Swan


  • Napa Valley grape growers and winemakers wore out their worry beads in 2011. ... ... Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot Upon first opening, ripe blackberry, spice, toasted cedar and vanilla rise from the glass. With extended air, aromas of forest spice and game meat emerge and gain prominence. The body is medium-plus with light-grained and c... Read More

    From the article Vintage Update: 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet


  • Btr Cellars the Chief 2011

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    The color is a deep, brooding indigo in the glass, somewhat opaque. The nose is a lovely combination of ripe black fruit, cherry, plum and blackberry, over hints of tobacco, limestone and oak. The taste is wonderful, with some ripe cherry and blackberry that transitions easily to some complex mineral and spice notes midpalate. The tannins are... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Chat Greysac Medoc Cru Boug 2009

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    Great, bold, earthy, with gobs of grape/boysenberry/plum jam. Dark and opaque garnet/purple color, with a long finish. A bit of earth and mineral. Very Nice - somehow epitomizes French wine. Read More

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  • Beaulieu Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve Georges de Latour 2011

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    Upon first opening, ripe blackberry, spice, toasted cedar and vanilla rise from ... 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot 90p Read More

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  • While there are some tastings I do not look forward to each year, there are ... ... fine climate.  The Petit verdot of portugal! Touriga Nacional - we all know it from port, but on it’s own or in a blend it produces violet laden wines with wonderful blue fruits laced with licorice and firmly structured, yet elegant and refined.  And that’s ju... Read More

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  • Celebrating the return of our master bath after 6 weeks. Out with the big tub ... Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot. The nose is full of briar, blackberry and a hint of smoke. On the palate there's a rush of red and black cherry and cranberry, the tannins are light and fine grained, and the acidity is mouth watering.  I swear, if tasted b... Read More

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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.

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