Producing full-bodied, rustic and deeply colored reds ...
Producing full-bodied, rustic and deeply colored reds, Petit Verdot is one of the original Bordeaux varieties. Its bold structure, color and aromatics allow it to make a significant difference in blends with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc—even in modest amounts. While it isn’t planted in Bordeaux in great quantities anymore, it is showing a small revival in well-tended vineyards there. Petit Verdot can also produce phenomenal single-varietal wines in the hotter and drier subregions of Australia, South America, California and Washington State.
In the Glass
Petit Verdot makes an intriguing wine with qualities of blackberry, plum, blueberry or black cherry as well as violets and dried sage. Its thick skins result in a highly structured wine with tannins ranging from smooth to grainy, which take well to oak aging.
Roasted pork or grilled lamb kabobs, as well as barbeque and Mole dishes are wonderful. Hard and salty cheeses such as Pecorino, Manchego or aged cheddar can make fun pairings alongside Petit Verdot.
Petit Verdot finds a happy home also in some regions of Spain and Portugal. It is well regarded in Spain’s Castilla-La Mancha and Catalunya as well as in in Portugal’s Alentejo where it blends well with the regions' indigenous varieties.
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McManis Family Vineyards Petit Verdot 2017Petit Verdot from California
Bodega Garzon Uruguay Single Vineyard Petit Verdot 2017Petit Verdot from Uruguay
Ruca Malen Terroir Series Petit Verdot 2016Petit Verdot from Mendoza, Argentina
Marques de Grinon Dominio de Valdepusa Petit Verdot 2014Petit Verdot from Spain
B. Leighton Petit Verdot 2015Petit Verdot from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
Opaque Petit Verdot 2015Petit Verdot from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California