Petit Verdot on its own

Petit Verdot is a grape that is used in Bordeaux blends to add flavor, tannins and a darker color. I’m used to drinking it in blends but can’t recall ever having it on its own. That’s why I was interested in trying St. Supery’s Petit Verdot.

I’m a big fan of St. Supery wines, especially their Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet blends. They make some huge Cabernets and blends that are so bold and complex you want to chew them and wash them down with a glass of water. If you’re a fan of big California Cabernets you’ll definitely want to check out St. Supery.

Pouring the Petit Verdot into the glass I can’t help but notice the dark color. It’s deep purple, almost black. The smell is deep purple and black too – blackberries, black pepper and spices. The taste is big and complex – blackberries, plum, cassis. It has a long finish with soft tannins. It’s distinctly different than Cabernet, but would pair nicely with anything you would normally pair with Cabernet.

Petit Verdot as a single varietal is a very pleasant surprise. I’m now on the hunt for others like it. Please send me an email to alix@amateurgastronomer if you’ve found other good ones.

St. Supery’s 2005 Petit Verdot is $50 and can be purchased online at