Petit Verdot

Vina Robles Cabernet “Huerhuero Vineyard”, Paso Robles, California, 2008.

Grape 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Petit Verdot.   Facts It’s quite unusual that such a high % of Petit Verdot (by itself) is added to a Cab, even though it is one of the “Bordeaux grapes”. Petite Verdot is thought to even pre-date Cabernet in Bordeaux. The grape bears juice which is rich in color, high in tannins, spicy, and when young is said to give an aroma of bananas. The 2008 vintage of the…

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Petite Petit – As It Turns Out, Not So Petite!

Grapes A blend of 85% Petite Sirah and 15% Petit Verdot (hence the name, obviously).   Facts The Petite Petit is a blend of the 2 grapes Petite Sirah and Petite Verdot. It isn’t considered “the norm” to blend these two grapes in this way, but the result it quite impressive! Petite Sirah originally comes from France’s Rhône region where it is referred to by the synonyms of Durif or Petite Syrah, however in California…

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