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Country of Origin: France
Region of Origin: Bordeaux
Typical Product: Red
Structure: Very Heavy
Climate: Warm - Hot
Soil Type: Gravel
Serving Temp: 60 - 65F
Ageability: 10+
Blends: Bordeaux
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Other Names*:


Petit Verdot is one of the classic Bordeaux Varietals.  Its origins are unknown but it seems to have been in Bordeaux for hundreds of years.  Its future would have been questionable at best if not for its acceptance outside of France as a stellar component for blends.  In France, it's difficult to grow ' a classic case of a great wine being produced in the wrong area.  The 'Verdot' in the name means 'green' due to its tendency to not ripen in Bordeaux if conditions are unfavorable when flowering.  The result is an onset of small, seedless green berries.  The 'Petit' refers to its small berries, which are very dark purple or black.  Its skin is thick and imparts a strong tannic structure and effectively shields it from most rot and mildew.

Petit Verdot ripens very late so in Bordeaux, a cooler wine producing region, so this condition can happen with disturbing frequently.  In its native France it is grown mostly in sandy or gravelly soil that give it the best chance to ripen.  In warmer new world locales, where growing season are often longer, it can be planted in a broader array of soil types.  It produces many shoots in a growing season so pruning is necessary to insure that all the vigor doesn't go into the foliage. 
Unlike the 'big 4' Bordeaux Varietals, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec, Petit Verdot is primarily used as a blending agent.   It's big, bold and spicy and gives great depth to virtually any wine with which it is paired.   

* used in California

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Name Vintage Year Price Tasting Comments
Cuda Ridge
2011  $34.00   
Thomas Coyne Winery
2010  $20.00   
Fenestra Winery
2008  $34.00  Ghielmetti Vineyard 
Peachy Canyon Winery
2010  $44.00   
Cru Winery
2009  $50.00  Mariposa 
Idle Hour Winery
2015  $28.00  Heringer Vineyard 
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