Petit Verdot as a pure varietal wine is not only rare, it's difficult. This is a classic blending grape, that can seem quite thick and tannic when tasted alone. Yet here, despite alcohol topping 15%, it is a beautifully proportioned and detailed blockbuster of a red. Along with the ripe blackberry fruit you'll find tar, toast, cedar and chocolate, layered nicely and unfolding through a long finish.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.