Blenheim Vineyards Petit Verdot Monticello Blenheim Farm 2005
Significant note: we had the Blenheim, 2005 Petit Verdot, blind, just after a sound and great bottle of the 1985 Dominus cab- a 91 pointer from Parker. I gave the Blenheim about a ten minute wash in the decanter, then got it back in the bottle for pouring. It continued to open, express, & evolve for the next hour, until we put it away. My friends at the tasting were absolutely floored by the '05 Blenheim Vineyards Petit Verdot. The nose was luscious with beautifully rounded red fruits, behaving MUCH more like a Super Tuscan than what we perceived would be a "common Virginia Red". From the red-fruit-stuffed nose the wine glided onto the palate, covering it with luscious, deep, and roasted red fruits that are the stuff of world class wines. From there it graced its way over the back palate as smooth as could be, leaving a lingering finish of juicy berries and a velvety mouth-feel not unlike an Amarone. No foolin'- this was a "knock ya down" bottle of wine, and not only did it take us by surprise but frankly blew us all away. The winemaker, Brad McCarthy, simply out-did himself with this one before he left Blenheim to start up his own label (now known as Bradford Reid Wines, http://bradfordreed.com/). The 2005 Blenheim Vineyards Petit Verdot can still be found, and I can't recommend this one enough to blow any under-rated preconceptions of Virginia wine's potential to compete with the great regions of the world entirely and completely out of the water. It. Is. So. On. And until the Shaps '07 Meritage is released, I would have to call the '05 Blenheim Petit Verdot my favorite Virginia Red tasted. ...So far. 93 points. Lil' ol me.
Three and a half glasses