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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  • Trader Joe's Petit Verdot Napa Valley Grand Reserve 2007


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    Wine review by erickafilm

  • Geyser Peak Devil's Inkstand 2011


    Dark black fruit aromas of black currant, blackberry, and cinnamon with some ... strong blend of Cabernet and Petit Verdot, this wine has a fair bit of structure and good fruit flavors, with some savory notes of teriyaki and black olive, clove, cinnamon, black currant and a long finish with chocolate coffee beans and gripping tannin Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Now back to our regularly scheduled programming:Opened our SS gift this evening ... ... cab sauv, cab franc and petit verdot. There's a hint of perfume on the nose from the cab franc and a bit of blackberry from the cab sauv. The merlot stands out on the palate with its smooth mouthfeel and fine grained tannins. There is also a nice note of cr... Read More

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  • Barboursville Octagon 2010


    Easily the best red Virginia wine we've had. There's a hint of perfume on the nose from the cab franc and a bit of blackberry. The merlot stands out on the palate with its smooth mouthfeel and fine grained tannins. There is also a nice note of crushed black cherry along with other well integrated red and black fruit. Well balanced, with medium a... Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Juslyn Spring Mountain Estate 2003


    definitely going back for more Read More

    Wine review by Mahee Ferlini

  • I've had a Michael David Petite Petit from Lodi that was really enjoyable. Petite Sirah Petit Verdot blend. The way Al guzzled his he must have liked it. Read More

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  • Old Dominion is getting renewed interest in its growing network of ... and ... ... and Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot and Gros Manseng may find their way into the hearts of man to a great extent than in their original provenance.” The article went on to say the trip was enlightening for the Circle's members. The trip was “superbly” put toge... Read More

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  • Spring Valley Vineyard Uriah 2008


    Pretty interesting wine. Quite different from the California style for a Bordeaux blend. (Well, duh.) That might be from the lack of Cabernet Sauvignon. First of all, it is a very attractive bluish-purple in the glass. Big, fruity nose of blackberry and (I know there is no CS.) currant. On the tongue I get that initial blast of black fruit,... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Krupp Brothers Veraison Napa Valley 2009


    Favorite from the 'Flight No.7: 'California Dreaming' had at CRU in Love Field. From the CRU Tasting Notes: 'Complex nose displaying layers of ripe cassis, dark plum, toasted vanilla spice, bay leaf, floral notes and subtle earthy aromas...The persistent, yet elegant finish is polished and round...' All three were interesting, though this one ha... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • We made it home safe and sound with a few less dollars in our bank account but ... blend of cab, cab franc and petit verdot. Loads of dark fruit, leather, a bit of earthiness, layers of flavors roll over the tongue with well integrated tannins and acids.  Our host was then kind enough to open an ’07 cab which was a good bit different than the ... 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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