Blenheim Vineyards Petit Verdot Monticello Blenheim Farm 2005

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This gem of a red is rich and complex in both color and flavor. Layers of black berry and cherry combined with well integrated tannins. *Great aging potential. *Drink now or hold for 5-6 years

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Varietal: Petit Verdot
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Blenheim Vineyards:
Established in 2000 by owner Dave Matthews (* Yes: THAT Dave Matthews), Blenheim Vineyards is a family-owned and operated winery located 20 minutes southeast of Charlottesville. With two vineyard sites growing Chardonnay, Viognier, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Sauvignon, the goal at Blenheim Vineyards is to make high quality wines that reflect the climate, soils, and beauty of th... Read more
Established in 2000 by owner Dave Matthews (* Yes: THAT Dave Matthews), Blenheim Vineyards is a family-owned and operated winery located 20 minutes southeast of Charlottesville. With two vineyard sites growing Chardonnay, Viognier, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Sauvignon, the goal at Blenheim Vineyards is to make high quality wines that reflect the climate, soils, and beauty of the surrounding Piedmont Landscape. (This and a boatload of further information about Blenheim wines can be found at their website, linked below as http://www.blenheimvineyards.com . Read less

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Snooth User: ChipDWood
838841,002
4.50 5
04/06/2009

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.


Snooth User: Reedone
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3.50 5
06/12/2009

Three and a half glasses



This gem of a red is rich and complex in both color and flavor. Layers of black berry and cherry combined with well integrated tannins. *Great aging potential. *Drink now or hold for 5-6 years

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