2005 Ballast Stone Petit Verdot (Australia, South Australia, Fleurieu, Currency Creek / McLaren Vale)

It’s not often that one gets the opportunity to taste a single varietal Petit Verdot so I took one and tried this wine. As one would expect the color is deep purple. The nose shows violets, spice box and a mineral hint. In the mouth this wine is thick and chewy with black cherry and anise spice. A little goes a long way. It’s clear why winemakers use this wine in dribs and drabs to blend with the Bordeaux varietals because it’s powerful stuff.  This wine comes from South Australia as well so it’s very fruit forward. Interesting for a one off try but not all that exciting.

2006 Realm Cellars The Bard Napa Valley

Realm_BardBeautiful currant and plumb notes on the nose. The currant and plumb hang on throuhg the palatte with some spice and cherry notes on top. The finish is long and balanced with the oaky note hanging on till the end. This red wine blend consists of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Petit Verdot and 12% Merlot. The fruit for tis wine was sourced from vineyards in Oakville, Yountville, St. Helena, and Coombsville and aged in 100% French Oak. Excellent.

2006 Realm Cellars The Tempest (Napa)

Realm_TempestThe nose had a distinct mineral aroma along with hints of wild red fruit. Across the palate there were notes of plumb, raspberry, wild red berries. The tannins are chunky and hang on through the finish. Rustic but enjoyable. This red blendconsists of 68% Merlot, 16% Petit Verdot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Cabernet Franc. The fruit is sourced from vineyards in Yountville, St. Helena and Pope Valley and was aged in 100% new French Oak (mix of Taransaud, Darnajou and Sylvain).

2007 Michael-David Vineyards Petite Petit

btpet_sMichael and David Vineyards have a good time making wine. It’s obvious they are serious about what they do but don’t take themselves to seriously. Why else would they produce a wine called Petite Petit? Even the label is fun. Dark purple in color. The nose has notes of purple flowers and spiced plum stew. Big and bold flavors of plumb, black berry and currant also hit the plate with guns a blazing. Fun and easy to drink. This red wine is  blend of 85% Petite Sirah and 15% Petit Verdot fruit from Lodi. Aged 14 months in French oak.

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2006 Kobalt Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

KobaltThis wine is still very young so unless you have more than one bottles to enjoy early I would wait another year before diving in for full enjoyment. Kobalt always impresses with it’s rich structure and this vintage does not disappoint. The nose gives hints of ripe black fruit and sweet-wood. The flavors come alive in the mouth with black currant, cherry and vanilla. The tannins are fine grained and hit at the very end of the finish. The Cabernet blend consists of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec, 2%  Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc.  As usual, it’s well structured, complex and exhibits all the characteristics of a Mark Herold made wine. Another excellent effort.

2005 Ramey Claret (USA, California, Napa Valley)

RameyAromas of sweet black fruit creme de caramel and cedar. This Claret (or as we say in the States Meritage) shows notes of Cherry, currant, blackberry and vanilla. This wine is smooth, balanced and easy to drink even when you consider it’s high alcohol content (14.5%). The tannins are fine grainedand linger at the end of the finish. David Ramey likes to blend his wines early in the process which more like they blend red wine in Bordeaux. Most in the US blend right before bottling. 54% Carbernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, 7% Syrah, 1% each Malbec and Petit Verdot. According to the Ramey website  “More than a third of it (the Cabernet Sauvignon) derives from the Jericho Canyon Vineyard, along with wines from the Somerston, Larkmead, and Snowden Vineyards, and 7% Merlot from the Hyde Vineyard”. A good introduction to the Ramey brand and good for the money ($30).

2005 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District (Napa Valley, Stags Leap District)

Impressive flavors of black currant, coconut, vanilla and oak. The fruit is rich and concentrated on the palate with the black fruits leading the way again. There is also a slight mineral edge that gives balance to the fruit. The tannins are present and will no doubt lay down some with a little bottle age. A very good effort with a complex mix of flavors. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, and Petit Verdot all from the Stags Leap District.