Petit Verdot

Petit Verdot is a variety of red wine grape, principally used in classic Bordeaux blends. It ripens much later than the other varieties in Bordeaux, often too late, so it fell out of favour in its home region. When it does ripen, it is added in small amounts to add tannin, colour and flavour to the blend. It has attracted attention among winemakers in the New World, where it ripens more reliably and has been made into single varietal wine. It is also useful in 'stiffening' the mid palate of Cabernet Sauvignon blends.When young its aromas have been likened to banana and pencil shavings. Strong tones of violet and leather develop as it matures.
Posts about Petit Verdot
  • The Steven Kent Winery: Focused on Bordeaux Varieties

    …, established his Livermore winery in 1996. Grapes are sourced from five unique vineyard sites in the Livermore Valley. Multiple clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Malbec are included in the vineyard plantings. Not to forget the white Bordeaux varieties, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillion…

    Pull That Corkin Cabernet Sauvignon- 5 readers -
  • Modern Meets Marche

    … and an excellent candidate for cellaring. Domodimonti Passione e Visione 2010 ($44.99, was $69.99) 100% Petit Verdot, name means “Passion and Vision.” This definitely feels like the oddball of the group – a Bordeaux blending grape, hardly ever used in a monovarietal bottling, even in BDX or California, from Marche? Actually, Petit Verdot is making…

    Mike Madaio/ Pennsylvania Vine Company- 2 readers -
  • Sophistication and Elegance Offered at RdV

    … that makes vines struggle for water and nutrients and thus well suited for producing grapes that produce world-class wines. Sixteen acres of the RdV site is devoted to growing four of the five Bordeaux varietals, and these include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. And the name RdV? These are the initials of owner Rutger de…

    Virginia Wine Timein Cabernet Franc- 4 readers -
  • Castello Dei Rampolla - Mini Verticals Of Sammarco & Vigna d´Alceo

    …/01) 1999 Sammarco Corked #¤%&¤#"#¤&!!!! The next flight appeared on the table in the shape of three decanters. Vigna d´Alceo is, as Sammarco, almost all about Cabernet Sauvignon but here the rest is Petit Verdot. 1996 Vigna d´Alceo I tasted this, the debut vintage of d´Alceo, this summer, and was not that impressed. This bottle was better…

    Barolistain Cabernet Sauvignon- 3 readers -
  • Wine of the Day January 16, 2015

    … 2012 Delaire Graff Estate, Botmanskop, Proprietary Red, Stellenbosch, South Africa. South Africa has some old vineyards and makes some great wines, and even though I don’t get to taste much of the really great stuff that often, I can certainly sense that good things are happening again in this often overlooked region and from what I did taste…

    grapelive.comin Cabernet Franc Merlot- 5 readers -
  • Steven Kent Winery

    … 3⁄4-ton open-topped fermenters; each lot of wine was made separately then blended about 6 months prior to release; aged 24 months in 60% new oak, mostly French with a small percentage of Appalachian barrels; beautiful ruby color; cedar, spice, dark cherry, plum, and herbal aromas; black cherry, red berry, and herbal flavors; nice balance of acids…

    Kovas Palubinskas/ 50 States of Winein Cabernet Franc- 10 readers -
  • December 2014 South African Wine Tasting

    … composition: 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 45 Merlot, 2% Cabernet Fran, 2% Malbec. Price per bottle: $20.00 ABV: 14.5% Glass two: 2011 Croze Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon – Two Glasses Wine composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Price per bottle: $36.00 ABV: 14.2% Here is the South African line up. First pour: 2011 Landskroon Paul de…

    Bill Thompson/ Bills Wine Wanderingin Sauvignon Blanc- 5 readers -
  • Wine of the Day January 12, 2014

    … 2012 linne Calodo, Rising Tides, Proprietary Red, Paso Robles. Matt Trevisan’s Linne Calodo is one of a elite set of wineries that have given the west side of Paso Robles a world class voice, along with Saxum, L’Aventure, Booker, Epoch, Torrin and Law Estate this group crafts unique hybrid red blends, mostly Rhone varietals plus Zinfandel… 4 readers -
  • Walla Walla Wine Trip 2014

    … We have been spending a few days to a week with our friends in Seattle after Christmas. My employer and Chris’ company conducts a shutdown. This gives Chris’ employees the opportunity to spend time with the family. Besides, the week between Christmas and New Years there is very little office work and the phone remains silent. Prior to our trip…

    Bill Thompson/ Bills Wine Wandering- 5 readers -
  • 40 Knots gets a flying start

    … bubbles in the glass. It has toasty/bready aromas from its time on the lees. On the palate, the wine is creamy with subtle flavours of lemon. The finish is crisp. 89. 40 Knots Spindrift Soleil Rosé 2011 ($29.90). This is Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with a touch of Pinot Gris and a splash of Maréchal Foch in the cuvée. The wine begins…

    John Schreiner/ John Schreiner on wine- 3 readers -
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