Very dark in the glass, somewhat murky. The nose is lush with plums, eucalyptus, bramble and fir tree. On the palate it echoes the flavors with delicious purple plum paste and fresh earthy herbs. A green note pops up on the mid palate which gives a bit of pique. The tannins are well integrated and the acidity shines through at the end. Green bitterness hits right on the back end which detracted me for a sec. I love the blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (84%) with the rest equal parts Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The greenness I’m guessing is from the Verdot. Overall a very delicious, layered wine that drinks well now through 2022. 90 points and 4 stars for this $40 effort. Salut….
This blend is really dark purple. Made up of 60% Petit Verdot, 20% each of Cab Sav and Shiraz. The nose is bursting with currants, juniper, a touch of oak and black cherry. The palate is very interesting and tasty. The Petit Verdot punches through with violets, dark cherry and leather. Tannins are persistent but not overpowering, they leave the gums slightly dry but give the wine a freshness. The mid palate gives me mocha as well as more dark cherries. The finish reveals a vanilla note as well as some wood. The winemaker has done a superb job of balancing the acidity, tannins and the 14% alcohol- which is not noticeable. The mouthfeel is what I would describe as wholesome yet fresh. It is relatively smooth with great potential to mellow out and possibly develop tertiary flavor. 90 points from me, drink till 2025 and pair it with lamb chops and garlic mash. 5 stars because this wine rocks and it runs a mere $9 (But I found it for $6.09 in NJ, you people should be running to that store). Salut….
Moxie and I went to the local Costco yesterday and I steered us into the wine aisle… I picked up some interesting wines but the label on this one sold both Moxie and me. She’s a graphic artist by trade and has a good eye for marketing. This label was a winner. I glanced at the back label and immediately decided I needed to try this blend of 85% Petite Sirah and 15% Petit Verdot.
You don’t often come across a 100% Petit Verdot, it is used mainly as a blend in Bordeaux style wines. It’s a fiercely tannic, bold and dark wine used to bulk up other, less endowed wines needing a little darkening and structure. If you do find one that is all PV, try it and you’ll see what I’m on about.
Typical for the variety this wine was a tannic monster with an earthy nose and some funk on the initial attack. Pencil shavings of wood and graphite add to the olfactory experience and wild flowers come up on the mid palate with a blueberry component that is quite pronounced. On the back end is where ripe plums came into the picture. This wine was very dark in the glass, full of backbone and needing a fatty steak to mellow it out. I am going with 89 points and 3 stars for this $27 offering from Spain. I think anyone who is trying to expand their palates needs a good dose of 100% Petit Verdot to appreciate its power and potential to beef up other wines. Ps. I finished the bottle up with some new Lindt chocolate that rocked , Caramel with a touch of Sea Salt, ever so crunchy, ever so smooth. Salut….
Another wine from this awesome winery in Mclaren Vale, Australia. This bottle is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot- the cornerstones of the Bordeaux blend. I was really excited to try this as the blend is right up my alley. Bold and beautiful in the glass it showed its power right away. Plums and Black cherries with a rich and smoky oak came blasting throughout the gripping tannins. On the backend came a eucalyptus tinge that was very interesting. The wine is very young and in need of cellaring, perhaps from 2014- 2020 is where I would think it’s peak is. Great balance and structure make this $23 wine a bargain. Think Roast Beef and this wine will sing. 91 points and 5 stars from me. I think I need to get more for the dungeon. Salut….