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Petit Verdot is a variety of thick-skinned red wine grape that is primarily grown in the Bordeaux region, but has recently attracted wine makers from California, Australia, Washington State, and New Zealand. It ripens later than other varieties in the region, often; too late which is why it fell out of favor in Bordeaux. Upon ripening, Petit Verdot is added in small amounts to add tannin, color, and flavor. When grown in the New World, it tends to ripen more reliably and has been made into single varietal wines. When blended with Cabernet Sauvignon, it stiffens the mid palate. When young, Petit Verdot has banana and pencil shaving aromas with strong tones of violet and leather as it matures and develops. The mouth-gripping tannins are so powerful that they can often leave the palate with a strong puckering sensation. The aroma is equally strong encompassing leather, earth, and cigar box and smoke tones. On the palette, the taste is peppery with notes of spice, smoke, and minerals. Because of the high tannin levels, the wine requires long oak aging. This softens the final fruit sensation in Petit Verdot. Because of the levels of tannin in Petit Verdot, it has the potential to age for decades.

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Pearmund Cellars Petit Verdot 2016

Pearmund Cellars Petit Verdotis made from 100 percent Petit Verdot.

Blackberry aromas with rich plum flavors. Well-rounded tannins and a smooth finish. Earthy, rustic, and warm. Limited production.

Quilceda Creek Columbia Valley Red 2016

Quilceda Creek Columbia Valley Red is made from

76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, and 1% Malbec 


Vineyards: Champoux, Discovery, DuBrul, Galitzine, Klipsun, Palengat, Shaw, Tapteil and Wallula 

Paul Golitzin, Director of Winemaking, comments:
The 2014 Quilceda Creek "CVR" Columbia Valley Red Wine is a Bordeaux-styled wine filled with satisfying layers of black and red fruits, smoke, spice and minerals. The "CVR" is an exciting preview into the 2014's which are historic wines in the making. This blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec was aged 20 months in 100% French oak. Approachable now, this wine will best be enjoyed over the next 15 years.


Review:

"The entry-level 2016 Columbia Valley CVR is a beauty and well worth purchasing, particularly as it drinks well right out of the gate where the top cuvee benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age. Full-bodied, ripe, and sexy, with terrific notes of kirsch, black cherry liqueur, lead pencil shavings, and graphite, it has plenty of tannins as well as terrific balance and elegance."
- Jeb Dunnuck (April 2019), 93 pts

   

 93 Points
Sunset Hills Petit Verdot 2015

Deep red in color, this wine is silky on the palate, with ripe, jammy fruit and a powerfully long finish that is pleasant and slightly smokey. A rich, age-worthy wine.

Handling: Hand-picked, chilled, destemmed, lightly crushed into bins and tanks Pre-ferment: 0 – 4 day cold soak. Yeast: Inoculated: – various strains. Fermentation: average of 10 days. 15 years old vines.

Willowcroft Petit Verdot 2016

This Petit Verdot was originally planted to be a blending component, but the end result was so delicious, it has been bottled as a "single varietal".

Deep color, intense flavor.

Willowcroft Petit Verdot 82% Petit Verdot and 18% Merlot.
Planted on silty Loam soils.
Malo-Lactic fermentation.
Fermented and aged for 12 months in French, Hungarian and American Oak barrels.
It was slightly filtered before bottling.

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