St Somewhere 2010 Petit VerdotPetit Verdot hails from Bordeaux, where it is most often used in the region’s famous red blends to add dark violet color, stouter tannins and impart concentrated fruit flavor on the palate. However, because Petit Verdot tends to ripen later in the season it can be hit or miss, depending on the vintage, as to whether or not the fruit will actually make it to harvest and be a viable addition to a Bordeaux blend. With this in mind, New World growers have given Petit Verdot a second start in regions with consistent, extended growing conditions with solid results. By growing Petit Verdot in warmer climates the odds of maturing the grape on the vine increases significantly and has resulted in Petit Verdot being utilized not only in blends, but also as a front and center grape – being bottled as a single varietal.

Which is where we begin with this happy find. Grown in Paso Robles these grapes really got a lot of that radiant heat, bringing up the sugars. This was surprisingly dark violet, delicious, rich, and fruit forward. Wonderfully jammy and grapey, but it is not overly sweet or cloying. Just wonderful and powerful. Great backbone, well balanced tannins and a full mouth feel. An absolute steal at $9.99