Learn about Petit Verdot — taste profile, popular regions and more …
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 Bordeaux Blends—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 California, Australia, South America and Washington State.
Tasting Notes for Petit Verdot
Petit Verdot is a dry, red wine. It has intriguing qualities of blackberry, plum, blueberry or black cherry as well as violets and dried sage. Thick skins result in a highly structured wine with tannins ranging from smooth to grainy.
Perfect Food Pairings for Petit Verdot
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.
Sommelier Secrets for 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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Marques de Grinon Dominio de Valdepusa Petit Verdot 2005Petit Verdot from Spain
Justin Petit Verdot 2005Petit Verdot from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
DogRidge, McLaren Vale Duck Chase Petit Verdot 2005Petit Verdot from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
York Creek Petit Verdot 2005Petit Verdot from Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley, California
Opolo Petite Verdot 2005Petit Verdot from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
Heitz Cellar Petit Verdot 2005Petit Verdot from Napa Valley, California
DogRidge, McLaren Vale MVP Petit Verdot 2005Petit Verdot from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
Vina von Siebenthal Toknar Petit Verdot 2005Petit Verdot from Aconcagua Valley, Chile