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The 2008 Petit Verdot reminds me
of a Bordeaux wine with a California thumbprint. Undeniably it is a big wine with
firmer tannins than the 2007 vintage. What is striking about this wine
is how the fruit integrates so well with the firm tannin
structure. Considering that this
variety never achieves full maturity in Bordeaux and no one there
would even dare to think making a standalone varietal Petit Verdot,
you will be amazed to find this wine so well balanced and drinkable
even at this relatively young stage.
This wine was aged in predominantly French
oak for almost 2 years. I kept the wine an additional 2 years
before releasing it. While
this is a Bordeaux blend it is far from being typical.
The Petite Verdot takes the front
seat while the Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon stay in the
The wine has a deep ruby red color
with strong and clean aromas of blackberry and cassis. These aromas
carry to the palate adding layers of chocolate and
leather. The sustained finish
brings in more dark fruit and cocoa, with hints of spice and smoke.
While still manageable,
this huge wine will benefit from years of aging.
Verdot, Sierra Foothills, California
Sauvignon, Estate Grown, Sierra Foothills, California
Franc, Estate Grown, Sierra Foothills, California
Sugars: Less than 0.1%
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