blended with Cabernet Sauvignon; 15.1% ABV
“Mountain Estate,”El Dorado Cty, CA
$3 for an excess buyer’s sample bottle, sold off cheaply
Petit Verdot is a grape traditionally used in some Bordeaux wines. I first tasted PV wine by itself at a tour and tasting at Simi Winery in Sonoma Valley, CA. They made it for blending into their Cabernet-based wines, and had barrel samples of all five traditional Bordeaux varietals (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot) for tasting that day. I was immediately drawn to its inky purple color and rich fruit, and I have enjoyed its addition to wines since. This is the first bottling of PV I have seen in a long time, and it is a wonderful expression of the grape. The winery’s web site is here, but I could not get much of it to load.
The bottle was closed with one of those spongy plastic corks that dluber hates, and indeed at first pour the wine had some weird off flavors. I thought it needed about 90 minutes of air, and was fully aired around 2hr 15min.
The wine had a saturated black-purple color and was quite full-bodied, with flavors of ripe blackberries, violets, tangy cherries, raspberries / boysenberries, and tar / licorice / clove, and a thickly tannic finish. There was decent acid to balance the ripe fruit and delineate the flavors. While nicely mature now, I did not get the impression it would be getting too old any time soon. I really hope the GO buyers are able to purchase this wine, and would suggest a selling price of about $8 a bottle.