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January 2nd, 2019

Why Petit Verdot?

by: Lane Giguiere

Introducing Matchbook Estate Bottled 2016 Petit Verdot

“Petit Verdot is extremely responsive to Matchbook’s soil type and growing conditions. Remarkably the vines can appear to be depleted yet the fruit is flavorful with intense dark color making it both a fun and challenging grape to farm.” -Greg Giguiere, Director of Vineyard Operations

Petit Verdot bottle
  • Thought to be one of the first varieties originally planted in Bordeaux by the ancient Romans
  • It is one of Bordeaux’s classic varietals but gradually fell out of favor due to difficulty in obtaining ripeness; hence the name Petit Verdot which means “little green one”
  • Shows its true potential in warm regions on well-drained, gravel-based soils
  • The grape has thick skin and a natural acidity which adds tannin, color, floral aromas, spicy flavors and a minerally finish
  • Valued for yielding concentrated, full-bodied wines that are age-worthy
  • Dense flavors of plum, violets and mocha layered over tart cherry and blueberry. Strong tannins are tamed by an appealing fruit sweetness

“Petit Verdot could be Dunnigan Hills’s best varietal. Yes, it has firm tannins and gives great structure to wines, but ours also shows beautiful aromas of violet and great fruit expression of blueberries. Depth, structure, aroma and flavor- this wine has it all. ”-Dan Cederquist, Head Winemaker

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