One of the five Bordeaux varieties, Petit Verdot is a thick-skinned grape that produces concentrated, deep red wines. It is typically used in small percentages in Bordeaux-style blends, but can also produce single-varietal wines, in California, Washington, Australia, Spain and Italy. You can use Wine Enthusiast’s online Buying Guide to find the top-rated Petit Verdot among our extensive Petit Verdot wine reviews and easy-to-use database. Our Petit Verdot reviews will give you a general idea what to expect from wines made from Petit Verdot, and will help you find one that best suits your needs.
As good as varietal Petit Verdot gets, this delicious effort marries ripe red and black fruit to firm tannins streaked with minerals. It has the density and length of a cellar-worthy powerhouse, yet retains the elegance and balance to drink young.
A compelling wine. Made from this Bordeaux blending variety seldom seen bottled on its own, the grapes were grown in the Stagecoach Vineyard, high up on Atlas Peak, increasingly a source of some of Napa’s greatest red wines. The style is thoroughly modern, with soft tannins and rich flavors of chocolate, black cherries, cassis and new oak, as well as a pleasing…
This Petit Verdot delivers blackberry, cherry and cassis flavors, followed by rum cake, leather and tobacco shadings. Firm tannins and bright acids give this wine aging potential. Peter Warren Selections & Planet Wine.
Smooth, svelte and utterly delicious, this glossy, seamless Petit Verdot is packed with bright flavors of berry, cherry and plum. The management of the fruit is perfect, and the barrel aging adds proportionate streaks of espresso and mocha. The finish is long and creamy.
Saturated and dark, with black pepper, leather and boysenberry making for a fully pleasing bouquet. Juicy and serious, with berry and cherry fruit flowing on a wave of dense tannins. Finishes long and chocolaty, with a touch of prune. Layered and likable. Imported by Moët Hennessy USA.
This expression of Petit Verdot from Maremma in southern Tuscany boasts thick concentration and lively aromas of prune, plum, black fruit, root beer, peppercorn and licorice. It’s still raw in the mouth and needs time; drink after 2010.
Carduni is an excellent, all-Sicilian Petit Verdot with dense fruit flavors and deep, concentrated color and texture. This is a bruiser of a wine that ushers forth generous aromas of blackberry, ripe cherry, spice and cola. It has gritty tannins and admirable staying power: Pair it with succulent cuts of red beef.
Petit Verdot as a pure varietal wine is not only rare, it’s difficult. This is a classic blending grape, that can seem quite thick and tannic when tasted alone. Yet here, despite alcohol topping 15%, it is a beautifully proportioned and detailed blockbuster of a red. Along with the ripe blackberry fruit you’ll find tar, toast, cedar and chocolate, layered nicely…