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A WINE STORY [Petit Verdot] Visiting Herdade das Servas in Alentejo
| MONDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2017
After tasting excellent examples of white and red blends, we tried single varietal wines from both the Petite Verdot and Alicante Bouchet grape, both matured in French oak. The formal tour of the Alentejo wineries begins with Herdade das Servas owned by the Serrano Miro family. The family has been making wine here for generations. After we drive up to the elegant estate we are warmly greeted by export manager Joao Calado, who gives us a fabulous tour.
A WINE STORY [Petit Verdot] Visiting Quintessa Winery in the Napa Valley
| MONDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2017
The current release of Quintessa 2014 is made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Carmenere, traditional Bordeaux varieties. Quintessa is one of the most well respected wineries in the Napa Valley. The creators of Quintessa are Valeria Huneeus and Agustin Huneeus, who purchased the gorgeous vineyard that was to become Quintessa in 1990.
A WINE STORY [Petit Verdot] Can Tuscany rival Bordeaux?
| MONDAY, AUGUST 21, 2017
This 2011 blend is made up of 77% Cabernet Franc, 14% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2% Petite Verdot and aged in new French oak for a year. The first time I experienced Arcanum from Tenuta di Arceno I actually didn’t know what I was tasting. That’s because it was what the Master of Wine educational program calls a “blind tasting.”
VIGNA UVA VINO [Petit Verdot] Abadia Retuerta Selección Especial 2013, Spain
| MONDAY, AUGUST 7, 2017
classification the producers opted for the more flexible "VdlT Castilla y Leon" allowing a terrific blend of 75% Tempranillo, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Syrah and other varieties like Merlot and Petit Verdot. What a wonderful succulent red blend from La Milla de Oro (the Golden Mile) of Castillo y Leon - Sardón de Duero, in Spain. Instead of the D.O.
A WINE STORY [Petit Verdot] Meeting Elia Pellegrini of Aia Vecchia winery
| WEDNESDAY, MAY 10, 2017
This can easily can rival a top Bordeaux as it is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon with the rest Merlot and the seasoning grapes of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. What a fabulous experience today with a dynamic new force in the Italian wine trade. His name is Elia Pellegrini.
A WINE STORY [Petit Verdot] Meeting Marcelo & Patricia Borcado from Proemio Winery
| THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2016
In between we had a syrah/grenache bend and a petite verdot, all very balanced with lots of finesse, along with their icon wine that saw 100% of new oak. Marcelo Borcado and Harriet Lembeck. Proemio – Prologue in old Medieval Spanish, stands for kick- start or first page. This is indeed the beginning of the winery’s story. Today it was fabulous to meet Marclo Borcado and his wife Patricia who are the creators of Proemio winery.
A WINE STORY [Petit Verdot] Tasting with Cristobal Undurraga Marimon of Koyle
| FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2016
The blending grapes here were small amounts of tempranillo and petite verdot. A fabulous evening with Cristobal Undurraga Marimon, an owner and technical director of Koyle winery in Colchagua, Chile. The Undurraga family started in the Chilean wine business in 1885 and the business has been growing steadily since 1903. The Undurraga family were the first to export wines to United States, and very quickly found great success in the US and around the world.
A WINE STORY [Petit Verdot] Lunch with Andrea Cecchi
| MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2016
We were there to taste through his range of wines, which starting from the very top included the 2011 Coevo ($105.99) Toscana IGT, a very sophisticated wine which people sometimes call a “superTuscan” for its ability to improve with age and the mix of Bordeaax varietals (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot) in the blend. Tuscany is an increasingly popular place for people to visit, both for its natural beauty and its wine.
A WINE STORY [Petit Verdot] New Wine from Cristobal Undurraga Marimon
| THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2016
Of course the highlight of the evening was the very high end Koyle Gran Reserva 2010 – a blend of 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Carmenere, 18% Malbec, 13% Syrah and 7% Petite Verdot (at about 3 tonnes per acre). The younger wines were also very good: Koyle Gran Reserva Carmenere 2014: with 10% Tempranillo, 5% Petit Verdot. Koyle Royale Carmenere 2013: with 8% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot.
A WINE STORY [Petit Verdot] Dinner and Interview with Johan Malan of Simonsig Winery, South Africa
| TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 2016
Following was the stunning 2011 Simonsig Tiara, comprised of 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc. Very interesting wine dinner last night with Johan Malan, chief winemaker, cellar master, and owner of Simonsig Estate in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Incredibly, the legacy of the landmark Malan family winery dates back to 1688 when the first Malan, a French Huguenot, arrived in S. Africa and began to plant vineyards.
VIGNA UVA VINO [Petit Verdot] Cocobon Vineyards Red Blend, California
| FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2015
It's a velvety blend of 61% Zinfandel, 17% Cabernet Franc, 12% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot and 4% Petite Sirah, definitely a new world red, with fruitiness upfront as a major component, but it also has so much going for it on the nose and palate. I recently found this unbelievable bargain in a local shop in my neighborhood sitting in a sale bin, Cocobon Vineyards Red Blend. The bottle caught my eye, and I bought one because the name and label intrigued me and hey.
VIGNA UVA VINO [Petit Verdot] Rutini Encuentro Barrel Blend 2009
| WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 2015
From Mendoza, Argentina, Rutini Encuentro Barrel Blend 2009 is a delicious Bordeaux blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Merlot sourced from seven of Rutini's vineyards and aged in French oak for 18 months. Ruby colors with beautiful concentrated port-like aromas.or even in the Amarone family. Also present are notes that come in pairs, for instance licorice and menthol, violets and lavender, vanilla and chocolate.
A WINE STORY [Petit Verdot] Fall Releases from Hourglass in the Napa Valley
| THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2014
The Hourglass Blueline Estate 2012 Vintage consists of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Petit Verdot, and spends 21 months in new French oak. Winemaker Tony Biagi (left) and proprietor Jeff Smith (in glasses). A really fun "live" tasting last night, where journalists on both coasts tasted the fall release from Hourglass during the same one hour period. The wines tasted were extremely high end, and the event was fun and interactive.
A WINE STORY [Petit Verdot] Dinner with Cristobal Undurraga of Chile’s Vina Koyle
| TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2014
The experience ends with the Koyle Auma 2010 a blend of 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Carmenere, 18% Malbec, 13% Syrah, and 7% Petit Verdot. Cristobal''s family. So "wow" is all I can say after dining with Cristobal Undurraga of Chile''s Vina Koyle in the Colchagua DO Valley.
VIGNA UVA VINO [Petit Verdot] Lieb Cellars Bridge Lane Red Blend 2012
| THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2014
A second label for Lieb, Bridge Lane is a Bordeaux style blend of 46% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot and 5% Malbec aged 12 months in French oak barrels. Lieb Cellars produces this excellent affordable red blend from the North Fork of Long Island. Dark red cherry colors with intense aromas of balsamic, vanilla, and root beer candy, flavors of ripe raspberry jam, black cherry, cola, and spice with a long, smoky, cedar finish. SRP is $20 and 12.9% alcohol.
A WINE STORY [Petit Verdot] Tasting Notes Week of July 29, 2014 2011 Faust Napa Valley Cabernet
| TUESDAY, JULY 29, 2014
The winery consists of 110 acres of mature Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot vines, with small plantings of Petit Verdot, Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc. 2011 Faust Napa Valley Cabernet. Very excited to try this new vintage from Faust, which is the creation of Agustin Huneeus who created Quintessa, with Charles Thomas in charge of winemaking. The wine is rich, smooth, and quite delicious with blackberry fruit and incredible elegance and finesse.
A WINE STORY [Petit Verdot] Stellenbosch Vineyard’s Wine & Food Pairing Dinner Comes to Vareli in NYC
| WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 2014
The main course, Grilled Pork Loin, was served with two excellent wines: the Heyden''s Red Blend 2011 (Cabernet, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot) with grapes sourced from selected vineyard blocks in the Stellenbosch region. Eduan Steynberg, MD Stellenbosch. Welcome," says Eduan, offering me a tall glass of something purple and sparkling! I is the Stellenbosch Vineyards Four Secrets Sparkling Shiraz, refreshing and delicious with a hint of oak.
A WINE STORY [Petit Verdot] Off to Cahors for Malbec Days!
| SATURDAY, JUNE 14, 2014
If you love Bordeaux you may know that Malbec is one of the “seasoning” agents in the five-grape blend, along with Petit Verdot. I am very excited to experience the “other” Malbec – yes, the one from France! Often just under five percent of each is used in the blend to round out the flavors and give more complexity.
VIGNA UVA VINO [Petit Verdot] Mustache Vineyards Merlot 2011 Lodi California
| SUNDAY, JUNE 1, 2014
It''s actually a blend of 87% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Sirah and 2% Petit Verdot and is truly a thing of beauty. From Lodi California this excellent Merlot is a huge bargain at $15 per bottle! After fermentation the grapes were soft pressed and 30% went into French and American oak barrels while 70% went into stainless steel tanks for 11 months prior to bottling.
VIGNA UVA VINO [Petit Verdot] G.Washington Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
| TUESDAY, MAY 6, 2014
Petit Verdot from Andrus Island Vineyards in Clarksburg and 4% Malbec from Lodi''s Cinque Terre Estate Vineyard, is aged in oak for 18 months. This remarkable blend of 85.6% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from Alexander Valley, 10.4% It has deep ruby colors and shows aromas of ripe cherries, tobacco and black fruits, while the palate exudes rich flavors of cassis, dark chocolate and coffee with cedar undertones leaving you with a beautiful acidity and great finish.
A WINE STORY [Petit Verdot] Tasting Notes Week of November 11th 2014
| SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2013
2011 Petite Petit Michael David Winery. Interesting blend of 85% Petite Sirah and 15% Petit Verdot. Wine reviews 2010 macari bergen road 2011 petite petit michael david winery tapena tempranilllo 2012 valdubon cosecha 2011 vaza cosecha 2012 lots of black fruit and vanilla. A great full bodied wine that pairs well with stews and meat/. 2010 Macari Bergen Road. How honored! This is their flagship red blend made only in premium vintages.
A WINE STORY [Petit Verdot] Ruca Malen winemaker visits NYC
| THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2013
It was a great opportunity to taste the full range of their wines which included Petite Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon along with the Malbec. Very interesting last night to meet Pablo Cuneo, the winemaker for Ruca Malen, at this cool place called the Malbec Wine Bar (how appropriately named!). It was also great to meet Ruca Malen executive chef, Lucas Bostus, as cuisine is a huge component of the Ruca Malen wine program. I''ve been to the restaurant in Mendoza. it is fabulous!
A WINE STORY [Petit Verdot] Exploring Valentin Bianchi: Argentine Wines with Italian Roots
| TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2013
A MAJOR favorite was the 2006 Particular Cabernet Sauvignon (85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petite Verdot, 7% Malbec) which has to be among my favorite wines of the world. Federico Nino, Export Manager. so last night it was so interesting to meet Federico Nino, export manager for Bodega Valentin Bianchi in Argentina for a variety of reasons.
A WINE STORY [Petit Verdot] Meeting Martin Kronenberg of Brancaia Wines
| THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2013
What makes it remarkable is that it is made from mostly Bordeaux varietals, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Petit Verdot, and 20% Cabernet Franc. Martin Kronenberg Winemaker. "My My wife''s parents fell in love with this vineyard nearly thirty years ago," says Martin Kronenberg, the tall, broad shouldered winemaker at Brancaia wines, a family owned winery which in the last dozen years have come to adorn shelves with quality wine in more than forty countries.
VIGNA UVA VINO [Petit Verdot] Achaval-Ferrer Quimera 2010 Mendoza Argentina
| FRIDAY, AUGUST 23, 2013
From Argentina''s Lujan de Cayo, Mendoza region and sourced from Diamante, Bella Vista and Mirador vineyards Achaval-Ferrer produces this wonderful Bordeaux style blend of 31% Malbec, 20% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot.
A WINE STORY [Petit Verdot] Discovering the wines of Sumarroca
| TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2013
Next comes the Terral 2010, named after one of the many winds in the area, mostly made from bush-trained syrah and a tiny bit of petite verdot that spends 16 months on the barrel. Director General Joseph Puig. "Mr. Sumarroca visits the vineyards every day," says lively Director General Joseph Puig about the owner of this winery, the largest non-corporate family winery in the region.
A WINE STORY [Petit Verdot] En Primeur 2013: Professor Denis Dubourdieu speaks on the 2012 Vintage
| TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2013
The Petit Verdot wines are good, but not outstanding. A celebrity in Bordeaux and throughout the wine world, Professor Denis Dubourdieu has been Professor of Oenology at the University of Bordeaux since 1987. He owns five wineires (Château Doisy-Daëne, Clos Floridene, Château Reynon, Château Cantegril and Château Haura) and is a widely respected consultant to some of the best Chateau in Bordeaux, including Cheval Blanc.
A WINE STORY [Petit Verdot] Tasting Fattoria La Massa Giorgio Primo 2009: Comparing SuperTuscans and Fine Bordeaux
| TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 2013
Typically, a SuperTuscan refers to "Bordeaux Style" wine (blends of the typical grapes of the region, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petite Verdot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc) except that the climate and soil and aspect (and sun!) This includes: careful selection of Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), Merlot (35%), and Petit Verdot (5%). Ah, there''s nothing quite like a SuperTuscan.
A WINE STORY [Petit Verdot] Meeting Enrique Tirado of Don Melchor & Vintage Tasting
| WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 2013
Right now, he is planting Petite Verdot (he already adds a tiny percentage of Merlot and Cabernet Franc to some of the vines in certain years). What an intriguing and enchanting night! Get this, I am almost sandwiched between two very high profile wine writers (one an editor in chief of a top wine magazine, the other a noted taster and critic) and we are in the presence of Enrique Tirado, winemaker for Don Melchor.
DR. VINO [Petit Verdot] Tasting Chateau Margaux 16 ways
| TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2013
As to the 2012 samples , they mostly conformed to expectations: the merlot was slightly smoky and surprisingly smooth, the cabernet had a lively acidity, and the petit verdot was burly with a hint of herbaciousness. Paul Pontallier is a curious, open, and humble guy. All the more so since he is he managing director and winemaker at Chateau Margaux, where he has been for 30 years, crafting the sublime yet supremely expensive wines.
A WINE STORY [Petit Verdot] Bernard Portet Showcases Heritance Wine
| WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2012
Due to his Bordeaux background, Portet was accustomed to wines of elegance and finesse that typically were blends of several varieties – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot for red Bordeaux and Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon for white. . Bernard Portet’s Heritance. Bernard Portet. There's still a pioneer spirit in the Napa Valley," proclaims Bernard Portet, Owner and Winemaker for Polaris Wines.
VIGNA UVA VINO [Petit Verdot] Pago de Vallegarcia Hipperia 2009
| MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2012
Skewed toward the French Bordeaux style, Pago de Vallegarcia produces their 2009 Hipperia with a blend of 47% Merlot, 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Pago de Vallegarcia is found in a part of Spain's "Montes de Toledo" a forest terroir near the Cabaneros National Park. After initial fermentation and maceration it is aged for 18 months in French oak barrels and 18 months in bottle.
A WINE STORY [Petit Verdot] Concha Y Toro’s Newer Brands: Marques de Casa Concha & Gran Reserva Serie Riberas
| TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2012
This wine comes from the Puente Alto Vineyard in the Maipo Valley, and is 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Carmenere, and 1% Petit Verdot. WINEMAKER MARCELO PAPA. So last night I had dinner with two incredible young winemakers from Concha Y Toro's newer, boutique-oriented brands in Chile. On my left was Marcelo Papa of Concha Y Toro's prestigious Marques de Casa Concha brand. He was named Chile's "Winemaker of the Year" -- twice!
A WINE STORY [Petit Verdot] Tasting Notes Week of September 20 ,2012
| THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2012
Tasting it blind, one can sense it's a Bordeaux blend (here it is 40/40 Cabernet Franc and Merlot, with just 18% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot) yet it has the ancient, deep soil complexity that makes it uniquely from South Africa (here Stellenbosch). 2009 Xavier Flouret uQamata. Delicious, very jammy Bordeaux style blend, South African style. Big black berry fruit spiked with cinnamon and some dark chocolate. Very RIPE flavors.
A WINE STORY [Petit Verdot] Visiting St. Supery: Day 1, Part 1
| SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2012
After our walking tour, Emma, GG, and I jump into Josh’s battered up truck to tour the vineyards in higher elevations, where the red grapes including Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and some red varieties they are experimenting with. “Here’s your 4:30 am wake up call!” says an impossibly cheerful voice, rousing me from a melatonin-induced sleep.
A WINE STORY [Petit Verdot] Meeting Emma Swain of St. Supery
| MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2012
2009 Estate Elu Napa Valley is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (66%), Merlot (27%), Petit Verdot (4%) and Malbec (3%). "You are never finished improving," says Emma J. Swain, the lady in the photo who happens to be the CEO (as of 2009) of St. Supery Estate Vineyards and Winery in the Napa Valley. Pictured above (in white, Emma is in black) is the "Chief Cuddle Officer" (CCO) GG, who maintains her public outreach as CCO through both her Twitter account and her Facebook page.
A WINE STORY [Petit Verdot] Cognac One Grand Tour Portfolio
| TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2012
I liked them all, yet in my limited tasting time I really responded to the uQamata 2009 from Stellenbosch in South Africa, a blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petite Verdot.
A WINE STORY [Petit Verdot] Riesling in a Bunker, Anyone?
| SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 2012
Château La Tour de By vineyards are located in the Médoc, stocked with 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot with an average age of more than 40 years. so today was really extraordinary even though I've learned to expect fabulous visits from this art group.
A WINE STORY [Petit Verdot] Tasting the Wines of Pisano in Uruguay
| SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2012
I also liked the Petite Verdot 08. During the visit, Daniel became fascinated by Petite Verdot and went back to Uruguay with the idea of planting it. an absolutely fabulous visit to Pisano Wines today. vivacious Daniel Pisano, director of his family's winery, picked me up and gave me a tour of his fabulous winery as well as one of the most entertaining lunch experiences of my life.
A WINE STORY [Petit Verdot] A Visit to Pizzorno Winery in Uruguay
| SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2012
Primo 2006 Pizzorno tannat 50 25 cs 20 merlot 5 petite verdot – 15 months French oak individually … 5 months as a blend in oak – rests for three years. “Welcome!” says vivacious Ana Pizzorno, with a bright smile and flashing dark eyes as she picks me up at the Montevideo airport. It had been a long flight from New York, and Ana’s enthusiasm to show me her vineyard makes it all worth it.
A WINE STORY [Petit Verdot] Visiting Chateau Cordeillan Bages, Luxury Hotel Association with Lynch Bages
| FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2012
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot are the grape varieties of Pauillac. Very soon I will visit Chateau Cordeillan Bages! It is an 18 th century chartreuse house converted into a luxury hotel and restaurant, where Michelin starred Chef Jean-Luc Rocha's inventive cuisine, is paired with the wines of Chateau Lynch-Bages and perhaps another winery owned by the Cazes family, Château Ormes de Pez in Saint-Estèphe.
A WINE STORY [Petit Verdot] Carmenere Surprise: Brane-Cantenac to Use Varietal in Grand Vins
| FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2012
You probably know that in Maraux, six varietals are allowed: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc. yet in the past, Carmenere was and is still allowed. The problem until now is that it was difficult to ripen fully. In my Decanter article , I explain the decision behind its revivival. News brane-cantenac carmenere decanter
VIGNA UVA VINO [Petit Verdot] Vertical Tasting of 3 Chateau Rauzan-Segla in New Chateau Baccarat Glasses
| WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 2012
Chateau Rauzan Segla 2006 Gran Cru Classe-Margaux 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, aged in 50% French oak barrels for 18 months. Chateau Rauzan Segla 2000 Gran Cru Classe-Margaux 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, aged in 60% new oak barrels for 18 months.
A WINE STORY [Petit Verdot] Visiting Petra winery in Italy’s Maremma region
| FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2012
It's an icon, just like the wines which include Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. "This looks like the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco" I exclaim, coming upon the incredible structure that rises from out of nowhere in the Maremma wilderness. This state-of-the-Art winery was designed twelve years ago by Mario Botta (who incidently also designed the SF museum) and is a curious balance of new and old.
A WINE STORY [Petit Verdot] Visiting Tenuta dell ‘Ornellaia
| FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2012
Conceived as a marriage between the Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot grapes, this Italian "SuperTuscan" has evolved over the years from a majority of Cabernet Sauvignon to more Merlot, which yields more plush, supple, luxurious wines. Isn't this art incredibly gorgeous? Who would have thought that it is located in a Tuscan winery, not a museum!
A WINE STORY [Petit Verdot] A Taste of Le Marche (and Domodimonti natural wines)
| SUNDAY, JANUARY 15, 2012
The grape varieties grown include: Montepulciano, Sangiovese, Petit Verdot, Pecorino, Passerina Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. . Do you like sulfates in your wines? No one does. Last night at Eataly (the new Italian food specialty megastore in Manhattan) I discovered Domodimonti, a boutique winery located on the picturesque countryside of Montefiore dell'Aso, in Le Marche Region, Italy.
A WINE STORY [Petit Verdot] Visiting Producers of the Hermanus Wine Route in South Africa
| SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2011
At their winery the host what seems to be lovely wine pairing events with hors d’oeurves and produce several varieties of wine: Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Chardonnay, Semillon, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon/Petit Verdot, Syrah and Grenache. So my last visit in South Africa was with five producers located in the Hermanus Wine Route, also known as the Hemel en Aarde Valley, close to the sea.
A WINE STORY [Petit Verdot] Visiting Constantia Glen in South Africa
| MONDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2011
The two Bordeaux blends are the Constantia Glen Three and the Constantia Glen Five, with the “Five” containing the typical five grapes (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc) and the “Three” containing the major Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon. “Welcome!” says Gus C.G. Allen, an owner of Constantia Glen winery in Constantia, South Africa.
VIGNA UVA VINO [Petit Verdot] Chateau Leoville Poyferre St. Julien 2003
| FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2011
He had originally bought a case to commemorate the birth of his 2nd son, and I thought it was very generous of him to show up with this wonderful Bordeaux blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. The world of wine has been good to me. It's allowed me to meet interesting people with broad tastes and vastly different backgrounds. Ray O.,
A WINE STORY [Petit Verdot] Lapostolle Tasting with Winemaker Andrea Leon Iriarte
| FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2011
It was a very emotional harvest," explains petite Andrea Leon Iriarte, winemaker and communications manager for Lapostolle winery in Chile, describing the vintage of 2010. The top wines of the tastings were Cuvee Alexandre, everyone's favorite, which is a favorite at Bergdorf-Goodman in NYC, and also the Clos Apalta, which is a blend of 78% Malbec, 19% Cabernet Sauvignon to give it structure, and 3% Petite Verdot. Andrea Leon. "It
A WINE STORY [Petit Verdot] Tasting Bodega DiamAndes in NYC!
| WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2011
It is planted with a majority of Malbec and some Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Petit Verdot as well as Chardonnay and Viognier that will be used for futurewines. Do you recall the California gold rush from your fourth grade history class? At the time, people from all over the world headed to Northern California to make it big.
SLAKED [Petit Verdot] New Crosby Roamann Labels Revealed
| FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2011
Our other wine, perhaps the more interesting of the two, is "Dark Garden" -- our 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, sourced primarily from Atlas Peak, with eighteen months in 80+% new oak, 6% Petit Verdot, 14.9% Criticism sucks. I fucking hate it. Truly. Which means I must be a masochist, because only a masochist would redesign his labels every year.
SLAKED [Petit Verdot] Blending Day 2011 -- In Polaroids
| SATURDAY, JUNE 25, 2011
Petit Verdot from Hendry Ranch brought out dark fruits and filled in the early-finish, or what I consider the top of the throat finish, with a touch of heat and svelte. It's become my practice to taste and blend our wines in June of the year following harvest. Some wineries blend earlier, but I find that I enjoy the blending process just as the wines turn away from their sixth month in barrel.
A WINE STORY [Petit Verdot] Tasting Notes Week of May 17, 2011
| SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2011
Blend is 48% Zinfandel, 47% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petite Verdot. Director's Cut 2009 Russian River Valley Chardonnay. Style: Straw in color, subtle nose reveals tropical fruits (guava, pineapple, honeysuckle) that extend to the medium-weight palate along with flavors of ripe peach. Juicy and rich, the wine has lively medium+ acidity and a spicy finish. 8 months aging in an even blend of new/older french oak. Director's Cut 2008 Cinema.
SLAKED [Petit Verdot] Crosby Roamann Bottling 2011
| WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2011
The 2009 Dark Garden, as you might have read below, is a big, robust and full Cabernet with 6% petit verdot for balance. After months of torturously preparing our 2010 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, tentatively named "Serotonin", and our 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, likely monikered "Dark Garden", we finally got around to bottling today, May 18, 2011. It was a chilly, slightly overcast morning in the city as I made my way north.
A WINE STORY [Petit Verdot] Wine Australia: Classic Blends and Alternative Varieties
| MONDAY, APRIL 18, 2011
2006 Cullen Mangan Malbec Petit Verdot Merlot – Margaret River. 2006 Giant Steps Harry’s Monster Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc – Yarra Valley. Winery owner Justine Henschke holds bottle next to WA Susan Barros. Very interesting tasting of Australian wines Susan Barros organized today for the first Wine Australia Tasting of 2011 -- Unusual Varietals and Classic Blends.
VIGNA UVA VINO [Petit Verdot] Suhru Red 2007 Long Island
| FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2011
This medley of five grapes is a cross blend of Bordeaux and Rhone varieties that includes 82% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Shiraz and aged for six months in oak. Recently at a tasting at Brooklyn Oenology I met winemaker Russell Hearn and his wife Susan from Suhru Wines where they were showing their 2007 Suhru Red.
VIGNA UVA VINO [Petit Verdot] The Show Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 California
| THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011
The Show is a big, rich, deep Cabernet, although according to the website there are also small quantities of Merlot for softness, Cabernet Franc for earthiness and acidity, and even Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot to give it a deep ruby color.
A WINE STORY [Petit Verdot] Lunch with Shirley Roy of Roy Estate
| THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2011
Renowned winemaker Helen Turley designed the vineyard, with 17 acres planted to Cabernet, Merlot, and Petite Verdot with what Shirley calls the "Turley signature" - a tightly spaced vineyard with competing rootstock to insure concentration of fruit. Interviews News cabernet sauvignon merlot Napa Valley Petit Verdot shirley roy
VIGNA UVA VINO [Petit Verdot] Macari Bergen Road 2007
| SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2010
From The North Fork of Long Island, Macari produces this delicious blend of 42% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Cabernet Franc, and 7% Petit Verdot. Aromas of lush blue fruits along with verdant eucalyptus leaves, red licorice and violets, on the palate a floral bouquet and more intense eucalyptus, dark chocolate and silky lavender, with smooth tannins and a totally captivating finish. alcohol, retails for $42/bottle. Disclaimer: This sample was provided by Macari Vineyards
WHY WINE BLOG [Petit Verdot] Bodegas Osborne Seven, Red Wine of Spain NV 3L Box
| MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2010
Appellation: Spain Inaugural Release: 10,500 cases Blend: 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 18% Syrah, 8% Petit Verdot, 8% Tempranillo, 8% Grenache and 8% Graciano Alcohol: 13.6%. Tonight I am finishing up my latest 3L box wine from the Octavin Home Wine Bar, Artisan Wines. It's been 12 days since my first pour and the wine is still as fresh and tasty as the first day.
A WINE STORY [Petit Verdot] MW Student Visit to Chateau Prieuré-Lichine
| SUNDAY, JULY 18, 2010
The Vineyard Today the vineyards cover about 70 hectares throughout Margaux with 130 separate parcels of vines, with 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot, 6% Malbec, 1% Petite Verdot. Chateau Prieuré-Lichine In March of 2010, several Master of Wine students – myself included – were invited to visit several prestigious Chateaux in Bordeaux. We were each assigned a Chateau to cover, and I had the good fortune of being able to write about Chateau Prieure-Lichine.
SLAKED [Petit Verdot] Blending. continued
| MONDAY, JUNE 14, 2010
Petit verdot showed very nicely in 2009. Increasing the petit verdot addition to 10% resulted in a significantly less interesting wine than the 5% addition. The amazing thing with the 5% petit verdot addition was that it brought out the inherent vegetal characteristics (not green pepper, but very succulent fresh young celery leaf) that really turned the wine into something more than the component parts.
VIGNA UVA VINO [Petit Verdot] Vista Flores Gran Lorca Poetico Petit Verdot 2007 Argentina
| THURSDAY, MAY 20, 2010
Made with 100% Petit Verdot grapes from Vista Flores, Valle de Uco, Mendoza, Argentina, aged for a year in 90% French and 10% American barrels, and a limited production of 1200 bottles. Dark ruby tones with a cool hue, intense aromas, black fruit, cassis, plums and black cherry, oak, solid texture and balanced, integrated tannins and a fine finish
ALICE FEIRING [Petit Verdot] The Making of a 100 (Minus 2) Point Wine
| SATURDAY, MAY 8, 2010
The flagship 2006 Pesus comes from a small parcel of 82-year-old Tempranillo vines blended with a bit of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Every chapter of The Battle was supposed to start with Parker review, this was back when Parker wrote all of those hormonal busting wine blips and the language was as fat and purple and alcoholic as a 2007 Parkerized Chateauneuf. My idea--while a fun and good-humored roast-- didn't make it past Harcourt legal. Sniff.
A WINE STORY [Petit Verdot] Visiting Professor Dubourdieu and Chateau Reynon
| WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7, 2010
At 21 hectares for red varietals, the vineyard is composed of 82 percent Merlot, 13 percent Cabernet Franc, and 4 percent Petite Verdot. Jean-Jacques & Florence Dubourdieu. So here I am in Bordeaux the Sunday before the beginning of En Primeur, where journalists will sample the new 2009 vintage. Already the word is that 2009 is a fantastic vintage, and as I had some great early tastes this week (and was warned not to write details!) I quite agree.
VIGNA UVA VINO [Petit Verdot] Celebrating Long Island’s East End: A Vacation in a Glass at the Astor Wine Center
| FRIDAY, MARCH 19, 2010
Clovis Point 2007 Archaeology 56% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot, 6% Syrah, whew! When Steve Bate drove to the North Fork of Long Island for the first time, he was surprised at the working farms and vineyards in operation there. Since then its rise in popularity is obvious as visitors now call before-hand to ask what other events are happening.
A WINE STORY [Petit Verdot] Masters of Wine Bordeaux Trip: Day 1
| TUESDAY, MARCH 16, 2010
The chateau was bought by a negociant who replaced the tanks with stainless steel and grubbed up the vineyard to plant a majority of cabernet sauvignon, with a smaller percentage of Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc. Gorgeous sunny weather is this beautiful city is always a treat. I am here today, March 15 2010, on a four day study trip with fellow students in the Master of Wine program.
DR. VINO [Petit Verdot] Paul Draper’s forty years and the making of Ridge Monte Bello
| TUESDAY, MARCH 9, 2010
Monte Bello, the estate’s top wine, is a blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon and some Merlot, but also, in some vintages, some petit verdot. Glass two saw the addition of 11% something else that added floral (lavender) aromas—turns out that was 11% petit verdot. Paul Draper is, without question, one of the world’s great winemakers.
VIGNA UVA VINO [Petit Verdot] Cirotto Rosso Rubino d'Asolo 2004 DOC
| WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2010
This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, is temperature control fermented in stainless steel tanks then aged in 5-hl casks for over 18 months. Tags: petit verdot Cabernet Sauvignon VINO2010 cabernet franc merlot At the Italian Wine Week/VINO2010 event last week I had the pleasure of meeting Barbara Cirotto from the family managed Cirotto Vini in Asolo in the Veneto region of Italy (the foothills of the Dolomites).
VIGNA UVA VINO [Petit Verdot] Francis Coppola Diamond Collection Black Label Claret 2007
| SUNDAY, JANUARY 10, 2010
Grapes from Napa, Sonoma and El Dorado make up this Claret (or English Bordeaux) blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, 4% Merlot, 4% Malbec and 3% Cabernet Franc. Aged 16 months in French oak, oozing aromas of licorice, and vanilla, with an almost perfect contrast of flavors showing dark chocolate, strawberries, roasted coffee, chalk or white pepper, ripe sour cherries and prunes. A very generous finish displays itself via a robust rich texture and silky tannins.
VIGNA UVA VINO [Petit Verdot] Dinner & Tasting with Eric & Deborah
| TUESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2010
Pride Mountain Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 70% form Napa, 30% from Sonoma with a blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. We were invited to dinner this weekend by my friends Eric & Deborah along with their two beautiful girls, Violet and Dahlia, while Eric put on his chef's hat to make a simple, but delicious made-from-scratch penne alla vodka.
VIGNA UVA VINO [Petit Verdot] Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
| THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2009
This was my favorite from the first flight at the Snooth Cabernet tasting last week. Initially, beautiful dark ripe blackberry aromas assault together with wafts of berries, and hints of vanilla, spices and cassis. Structured tannins and a chewy, brambly mouth feel, give way to more black fruits expressed to the end with a long enjoyably candied finish. 15% alcohol and $16.99
VIGNA UVA VINO [Petit Verdot] Hahn Estates Meritage Central Coast 2006
| THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2009
this one also has Petit Verdot and Malbec in the mix. From Monterey, California, a Meritage is a Bordeaux style blend using Cabernet and Merlot. On the nose a thick and intense syrupy aroma of ripe cherries, with juicy flavors showing herbal influence, swathed in violet powder and a mild vegetal edge. Tried this at a tasting at The Wine Room of Forest Hills last weekend
DR. VINO [Petit Verdot] Dominus Estate, Napa Valley – photo post
| FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2009
The 108 acres of vineyards are almost entirely dry-farmed (no irrigation) and largely planted to cabernet sauvignon although there is also merlot, petit verdot and cabernet franc. I’ve wanted to visit the Dominus Estate in Napa since it was built in 1997. But it’s not open to the public. So when I was in Napa in February as a speaker at the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers, I inquired about visiting and was glad that they offered me the chance.
DR. VINO [Petit Verdot] Sierra missed – the saga of Sierra Carche 2005
| WEDNESDAY, JULY 22, 2009
The wine on offer was the Sierra Carche 2005, a blend of Monastrell with Petit Verdot and Malbec from the off-the beaten path Spanish region of Jumilla. What happens when a reviewer tastes a good bottle, but some consumers buy what appears to be a completely different product? Think it couldn’t happen? Guess again and behold the saga of Sierra Carche 2005.
DR. VINO [Petit Verdot] 249 bottles of wine on the wall
| MONDAY, JUNE 8, 2009
2005 Château Mouton Rothschild Cabernet/Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Petit Verdot, Pauillac. 2007 Cullen Wines Mangan Merlot/Malbec/Petit Verdot, Margaret River. I’m back from the fantastic Landmark Australia Tutorial. Above is a picture of (some of) the wines opened during the tremendous five days. Yes, it’s 249 bottles of wine on the wall!
SLAKED [Petit Verdot] 1988 Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello
| SUNDAY, MAY 24, 2009
From 95% cabernet sauvignon, with 3% merlot and 2% petit verdot.makes me think they should add 2% petit verdot to the final blend of the 2008, in an attempt to recreate the longevity of the sweetness here. This wine put the 1989 to shame. Oppulently opaque, but this is most likely mature. Left a hefty amount of black residue in the bottle. You can smell the twenty-one years on this.
SLAKED [Petit Verdot] 2008 Monte Bello Futures Tasting
| WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 2009
Difficult to compare to recent vintages (which have all included at least some cabernet franc or petit verdot) this is less flamboyant than the 2006 and 2007, and will benefit from extended cellaring.
SLAKED [Petit Verdot] 1989 Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello
| WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, 2009
acres of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, caberent franc and petit verdot consistently displays its own unique terroir. If it weren't for Monte Bello, I wouldn't believe in that greatest of vinous marketing stunts, the theory of terroir. Of course, that could just be because Monte Bello is the only wine I drink consistently enough to know it when I smell it. Perhaps if I drank La Tache often enough I would understand terroir differently.
SLAKED [Petit Verdot] 1991 Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello *
| MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2009
From 85% caberent sauvignon, 10% merlot and 5% petit verdot, the wine nevertheless sounded a striking note of graphite and crushed stones. The 1991 Monte Bello * has been hailed as "one of the most delicious vintages of Monte Bello" and one of the " wines that one must try at least once in their life." Curiously garnet in color, with violets on the nose, the '91 tasted of warm blood and mixed berry compote.
VIGNA UVA VINO [Petit Verdot] Gary Grunner from Grapes on the Go at Boston Wine Expo
| MONDAY, JANUARY 26, 2009
From Arezzo, Italy this blend is a balancing act of 50% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Syrah, and 5% Petit Verdot and aged in French barriques for 12 months. ??Nuances This weekend at The Boston Wine Expo Gary Grunner, from Grapes On The Go, exhibited the following Italian wines from the Ferragamo family's Tuscan vineyards, Il Borro and Castiglion Del Bosco: Il Borro Lamelle Chardonnay 2006 IGT ??This
EAST VILLAGE WINE GEEK [Petit Verdot] TAKING THE STRESS OUT AND BRINGING IN THE FUN TO HOLIDAY WINE SHOPPING
| FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2008
They are all pretty much blends of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cab Franc and Petit Verdot. Ah, the Holidays. New York is full of festivities and gatherings and friends and family. Everyone is shopping for someone (and a little for themselves…don’t lie…you know who you are) braving the crowds and the cold to find that perfect gift. Speaking of the perfect gift what about wine. People have been coming into the shop as of late wondering what to do about certain situations.
SLAKED [Petit Verdot] 1995 Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello
| MONDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2008
Composed of 69% cabernet sauvignon , 18% merlot , 10% petit verdot , and 3% cabernet franc, the wine is dark and brooding, with complex notes of cedar and blackberry on the nose. At thirteen, the 1995 Monte Bello is still a child. I have tasted this twice before, and my thoughts on the wine have been consistent. I keep waiting for this wine to fully reveal itself. It won't.
WINE TASTING GUY [Petit Verdot] Carmel's quality wine revolution
| SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2008
I recently checked out some of their unique single varietal appellation wines (Carignan & Petite Sirah) and was so (surprisingly) impressed by their quality that I included them in a blog post with some recommendations. My favorites of the day were still the appellation Carignan and Petite Sirah. Although the color of the Petite Sirah was incredibly dark (leaning towards being almost black) I was surprised by how light (relatively speaking) the body was.
WINE TASTING GUY [Petit Verdot] Wines for the New (Jewish) Year UNDER $30
| SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2008
And two wines in their appellation series that are of interest are the Carmel "old vine" Carignan & the Carmel Petit Sirah. Those are: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot & Malbec. I'm sorry for the delay in writing this post. I have gotten MANY requests for my Rosh Hashana suggestions. I'm pressed for time (aren't we all) so here goes. I decided not to write about wines that typically retail for more than $30.
SLAKED [Petit Verdot] 1996 Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello *
| SUNDAY, AUGUST 31, 2008
described the wine this way: "80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, and 9% Petit Verdot that reached 13.4% Earth - damp, light as fog, and brine - and wood and woodland scents on the nose. Blueberryesque, almost dry, on the palate. God.this is dumbfounding. If it gets any better than this, I haven't found it. Robert Parker Jr. alcohol represents a severe selection of only 40% of the vineyard's crop.
VIGNA UVA VINO [Petit Verdot] A Barrel Tasting with Eric Fry, Winemaker at Lenz Winery
| THURSDAY, AUGUST 14, 2008
Our first taste is the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon which is 93% Cab and 7% Petit Verdot. They will be adding Petit Verdot and Merlot (both fermented separately) to the Cab later to help fill up the tannin structure. I have to admit I was intrigued at the prospect of visiting the inner sanctum of a winery. its cellar. Here on the North Fork of Long Island, New York at the Lenz Winery it is a dark, damp and mysterious place packed with French oak barrels.
EAST VILLAGE WINE GEEK [Petit Verdot] 1999 ORLANDI CONTUCCI PONNO LIBURNIO
| SATURDAY, AUGUST 2, 2008
After some testing and some clone experimentation she decided to not only plant Montepulciano but Malbec, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot; all varietals from in and around the Bordeaux region. The blend is pretty unique; it is made up of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Petite Verdot. Abruzzo is the land of Montepulciano.
WINE TASTING GUY [Petit Verdot] The FREE Murcia wine tasting event
| FRIDAY, JUNE 6, 2008
Of interest is that the Murcia region, in addition to cultivating the popular Monastrell, had wines made with Cabernet Sauvignon and is increasing its plantings of Syrah and Petit Verdot, two varietals that are apparently doing well there. Happens to be that I tried a Petit Verdot that I did not care for, but that may have just been that it did not live up to an Israeli Petit Verdot I recently tried.
WINE TASTING GUY [Petit Verdot] Wine club BBQ
| TUESDAY, MAY 27, 2008
Finishing the Bordeaux was not the least bit challenging and gave us the opportunity to try a bottle I had been saving for a special occasion (and for our writer extraordinaire & Petit Verdot lover) - an Israeli (mostly) Petit Verdot - The 2005 Sea Horse Winery "PetiteVerdot plus. In previous posts I've mentioned a wine club I have joined. I joined upon returning to NYC from Napa in search of other wine-curious individuals.
WINE TASTING GUY [Petit Verdot] NorCal day 2: Sonoma
| MONDAY, MAY 5, 2008
Their 2004 cabernet which is actually a Bordeaux blend of 76% Cabernet, 18% merlot, 4% Petit Verdot & 2% cab franc. Although Ridge is known for their Zins they do make other very fine wines and we were started off with a Chardonnay and finished with a Cab/Merlot blend and finally a Petit Syrah. Their 2005 "Home" Zinfandel, blended with 3% Petit Sirah, had a very pleasant minty menthol thing going on that went very nicely with the ripe fruit.
WINE TASTING GUY [Petit Verdot] Day in Napa
| SUNDAY, MAY 4, 2008
Following the Cab I had a Petit Sirah and finished with an old vine Zin PORT that I REALLY enjoyed. The Zin was blended with about 7-8% Petit Sirah & a touch (about 1%) of Cab. The reds are Bordeaux blends and Chris was kind enough to let me have a taste (from the barrel) of their Petit Verdot which is used in the blend. Another blend was the 2005 "Vicarious red blend" by Modus Operandi that was 75% Cab, 20% Petit Verdot & 5% merlot.
VIGNA UVA VINO [Petit Verdot] 7 Inexpensive but Good Wines
| THURSDAY, MAY 1, 2008
Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 This Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles, California is made from 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petite Sirah, 5% Syrah, 4% Petit Verdot, 4% Merlot and 1% Malbec- quite an intense mix, but it works. Here are 7 of my most recent favorite inexpensive but good wines.
WINE TASTING GUY [Petit Verdot] Polaner tasting standouts
| WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30, 2008
At a wholesale price of about $150/bottle the 2005 Gemstone Cabernet (blended with 6% Petit Verdot) was another BIG NAPA CAB. The 2005 Altus Napa Cab was blended with 5% Malbec, Petit Verdot & Merlot (3 of the Bordeaux varietals) and was aged in 80% new medium toasted oak (a high percentage). Also from Merus was their '05 Merus Cab blended with 5% Petit Verdot & Malbec.
VIGNA UVA VINO [Petit Verdot] J. Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
| SUNDAY, APRIL 27, 2008
This Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles, California is made from 79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petite Sirah, 5% Syrah , 4% Petit Verdot, 4% Merlot and 1% Malbec -- quite an intense mix, but it works. Stainless steel fermentation, then 14-16 months in oak casks. Bright reddish purple in color with strong fruity fragrance of cherries cedar and blackberries, and cherry soda, chocolate and vanilla on the mouth.
WINE TASTING GUY [Petit Verdot] "Today's Bordeaux" tasting event
| TUESDAY, APRIL 15, 2008
The 2005 Heritage De Le Bosco from Saint Estephe made with 60% Merlot, 26% Cab Sauv, 10% Petit Verdot & 4% Cab Franc has a surprisingly lite & clear red color. I attended this event for the second year in a row at The Altman Building in NY city. The event features 100+ (they say 100, but I'm told it is closer to 110) wines from Bordeaux at reasonable (sub $30) prices.
WINE TASTING GUY [Petit Verdot] Kosher Wine Extravaganza - Unusual (but gooood) wines
| SUNDAY, MARCH 30, 2008
No, not the Petit Sirah/Zin blend - another people know is a favorite of mine. Cab Franc is one of the 5 Bordeaux varietals (grapes which can be used to make French Bordeaux wine - others being Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec & Petit Verdot), and it is usually used as a complementary grape as opposed to a primary grape in Bordeaux. I was told that the blend was an UNUSUAL one - containing Petit Verdot, Shiraz & Petit Sirah.
WINE TASTING GUY [Petit Verdot] Skurnik Tasting - my favorites (finally)
| TUESDAY, MARCH 25, 2008
The 2003 "1er Etage" Cab Franc was blended with 2% Petit Verdot and had very subtle green notes but was was nice as well. And their 2004 "Right Bank" Red, a blend of Cab Franc (53%), Merlot (30%), Petit Verdot (9%) & Cab Sauv (8%) was beautiful. A Cabernet Sauvignon from Barnett Vineyards, their 2005 "Spring Mountain", blended with 4% Cab Franc & 3% Petit Verdot comes from a mountain top vineyard and had nice fruit, silky tannins and a great mouth feel.
WINE TASTING GUY [Petit Verdot] Alto Adige Wines Grand Tasting
| TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2008
This blend of 20% Tannat (a grape originally from SW France), 30% Petit Verdot (a Bordeaux varietal) and 50% Lagrein was very nice. The 5 varietals used in this blend were Cabernet Sauvignon (30%), Merlot (30%), Lagrein (30%), Petit Verdot (5%) and Cab Franc (5%). I was fortunate to be able to attend the Alto Adige Grand Tasting this afternoon. While there were winemakers in attendence, many of them seemed disinterested in speaking with the guests.