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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  • Tamarack Cellars Firehouse Red 2012

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    This one was such a thrill from the moment I opened the bottle till I finished the last drop. This has to be the finest wine I've tasted this year. Mellow entry, aroma is a burst of grape. Vanilla, raspberry, strawberry and a finish that seems to last forever. WOW Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis


  • It's been a lazy Tuesday afternoon; I fed rescue cats this morning but I ... of 51% Cabernet Franc, 22% Petit Verdot, 16% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Sauvignon. &nbs Read More

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  • Wine writers are not a homogeneous lot. We come in all shapes and sizes, and ... too (e.g., there is little Petit Verdot grown there, and I often wish it could be bottled on its own, it is so delicious; ditto the Cabernet Franc). The second tasting is of the final assemblage, which usually includes an opportunity to check in on a couple of old... Read More

    From the article Getting to Know Richard Jennings


  • For a Song Petit Verdot 2011

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    Wine review by Lushsot


  • For someone who drinks a lot of expensive wine I can have decidedly plebeian ... ... 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 ... Read More

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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


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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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