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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  • Indaba Mosaic 2013

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    65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petit Verdot, 9% Malbec, 8% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc Jammy black currant and black cherry fruits greet the nose wrapped in a thin veil of spicy oak and with some inky, violet tinged top notes. Smooth on entry then this turns slightly angular in the mouth with attractive open and clear fruit that has a very subtle bit... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Robert Foley the Griffin 2010

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    Wine review by Nathan P


  • Crosskeys Vineyards Petit Verdot 2010

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    Very inky - almost black in color. Nice jammy nose with cherry, raspberry, and strawberry notes. Focused, but very well integrated. Full bodied with chewy tannins. Kick of white pepper on finish. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Wisdom Oak Winery Petit Verdot 2011

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    Well fruited nose - I get the impression of cherry pie. Far too light bodied and way way way too acidic, as I've found many of Wisdom Oak's wines to be. Flavor absolutely vanishes on the finish. Blech. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Cooper Vineyards Reserve Petit Verdot 2012

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    Inky color. Softly aromatic with notes of blueberry and earth. Nicely subtle palate. A refined take on a robust varietal. Finish is a bit unbalanced with a little too much acidity and not quite enough tannin. Very fruity. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • King Family Vineyards Petit Verdot 2010

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    Lightly fruity nose, lots of raspberry. Silky tannins build to a strong finish full of bright red fruit. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Jefferson Vineyards Petit Verdot 2012

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    Deep garnet color. Rich, jammy nose with cherry and blackberry notes. Very fruit forward with a subtle pepper character. More prominent spice on the palate intensifying towards a juicy finish. Edgy but structured. Yum! Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Chateau Lavillotte Saint-Estephe 2001

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... sauvignon,25% merlot and 3% petit verdot and spends 15 months in oak barrels. I started my bottle last night with my supper of chicken stew and I did enjoy it. There is a blackcurrant, cherry and bramble style fruit there and the tannins give some beautiful structure without being intrusive. In... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Boxwood Estate Boxwood 2011

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    Nice dark garnet color. Spicy nose with plenty of depth to cherry and raspberry notes. Very light body. Subtle clove notes mid-palate. Strong tannins develop toward finish. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • North Gate Vineyard Petit Verdot 2011

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    Inky color. Quite aromatic with violet, raspberry and blueberry notes. Clearly has some oak influence, with a bit of vanilla emerging as the wine opens up. Pretty delicate body with few tannins, though more power builds on finish. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


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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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