National Love Your Pet Day 2019

It's National Love Your Pet Day! Whether you have one pet, multiple pets, or no pets, you can celebrate today with (Pet)ite Sirah and (Pet)it Verdot. Your pet can't enjoy these full bodied reds, but you can most definitely raise a glass to them! If you are looking to discover more about these grapes, check out The Vinous Grape Guide . The guide not only highlights the color and the weight of these popular grapes, but also gives a brief background on what the grape is and where it can be found. In addition to grape fun facts, we've gathered a handful of notes from the Delectable community. To make these notes even better, certain pets make an appearance alongside the wines! We hope you enjoy these facts, wines, and our play on this (Pet) centered holiday. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ PETITE SIRAH Color: Red Weight: Full Where: Created in France by Francois Durif, but this grape now mostly grows in Napa Valley and Sonoma, California. What: Dark, inky fruit, licorice and spice notes are typical, along with massive tannins that usually need bottle age to soften. Pairings: Tomato-Based, Lamb, Potato, White Rice, Pungent Cheese, Pasta, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Salami & Prosciutto, Beef, Chili & Hot Spicy, Mushrooms, Hard Cheese, Pork, Venison PETIT VERDOT Color: Red Weight: Full Where: This grape originated in southwestern France, specifically Bordeaux, and is used in Bordeaux blends. This grape can also be found predominantly in Napa Valley. What: Dark flavors, intense structure and a natural inclination towards power make Petit Verdot an effective blender in Bordeaux and the Napa Valley. Very rarely seen alone. Pairings: Lamb, Baking Spices, Potato, Pasta, Exotic Spices, Chicken, Herbs, Turkey, White Rice, Hard Cheese, Pungent Cheese, Chili & Hot Spicy, Mushrooms, Beef, Onion, Soft Cheese, Duck, Pork, Beans & Peas, Tomato-Based


Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red Rhone Blend 2015

The Chimère from Manfred Krankl of Sine Qua Non fame, and the Maurel brothers of Clos Saint Jean, is, appropriately, a beast. Cherry, blackcurrant, Christmas spice, violets and chocolate. Many elements combine to make a compelling wine that deserves attention over time. Indeed, when this bottle was initially opened, the prevailing thought at the table was that it would last months. A small tipple to check in, some time later, was tasted with our own resident chimera (well at least she sort of has the head of Lion element down) present. — 5 years ago

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Neil Valenzuela

Neil Valenzuela

Ha! Great photo
Shawn Thompson

Shawn Thompson

Love the photo and the review! Cheers 🍷

Realm Cellars

The Bard Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2013

“This blessed plot....” Happy anniversary to us. — 5 years ago

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Isenhower Cellars

20th Anniversary Petit Verdot

Hey folks, this a totally new wine. 20th Anniversary 100% Petit Verdot, but it is a port-style dessert wine (not the same as their Jongleur PV red table wine). Grapes from Dionysus Vineyard, Columbia Valley. Lightly flavored, well balanced; impressive for their first effort at this style wine. On the pricey side but nice to see the winemaking team stretch themselves so effectively. I’m posting this 24 hours after tasting the wine as my previous tasting notes got lost in the new wine creation process on the app. — 5 years ago

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Sounds very nice! 🍷

Adaptation Wines

Napa Valley Petite Sirah 2016

Baked fruit with a hint of anise on the nose. Jammy and spicy. Tannic. Truly an excellent Petit Sirah... probably the most complex Petit Sirah I’ve had in memory! — 5 years ago

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Petite Sirah 2010

Paired with roast guinea hen very well. Smooth, crisp finish & some berries. — 5 years ago

Tom Gore Vineyards

Alexander Valley Field Blend 2014

Ryan M

Wow. Psychogood. Possibly a new favourite. This might be perfect. Tannins, acid and alcohol balanced. Mega fruity - blueberry, strawberry, coco, leather, a bit lighter than a petite syrah and closest to a malbec. Approachable but best after 25 minutes. At $30cdn, excellent value — 5 years ago

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Paul Wright

Paul Wright

@Ryan M Wow I gotta try this
Ryan M

Ryan M

@Paul Wright restocked this morning
Paul Maranzan

Paul Maranzan

I picked up a couple bottles. Might grab a few more


Viader V Petit Verdot Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

At least 8 years ago we were in a tasting room where an over-confident jerk talked about his favorite varietal: Petite Verdot. I can still hear his pompous voice and have avoided the grape ever since. What have I been missing?!! This is spectacular. Omg, hate the player, love the game. — 5 years ago

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Château Lascombes

Margaux Merlot Blend 2012

Decided to pop this baby, while the 09, and 10's age more. Decanted for 30 minutes. Drinking very well right now. Black fruit and earthy aromas. BlackBerry, plum, smoke, leather and earthy flavors. Very good right now and will improve a couple points over the next 3 to 5 years. — 5 years ago

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Ridge Vineyards

Three Valleys Sonoma County Zinfandel Blend 2016

This is the family friend you’ve been attached to all your life but recently realized is not in fact the wisest person you know. As in, you trust them. Some advice is stellar but you just realized that “I’ll love you forever” doesn’t make them the authority on...all. Though Ridge is close to being that. Bright red berries and tannins at least as high as fruit so new world to the core. Alcohol higher—this is obvi new world but the blending varieties make one remember how multiverse Zin is. The grape for all theories string or no. — 5 years ago

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MaJ CappS

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This is always on my shelf. Always a lovely, lovely wine, with 0 disappointments.
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@MaJ CappS so far haven’t had a Ridge disappoint!


Judean Hills Petit Verdot 2014

Dark ruby in color with a purplish rim.

On the nose blueberries, black currants, light vanilla, vegetables, bell pepper, dark coffee, licorice, oak, eucalyptus, black pepper, earth, river rocks, vinaigrette, wet leaves, leather, pencil lead and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, currants, sour cherries, wood, licorice, spices, vanilla, vegetables, tobacco, dark coffee, vegetables, earth, leather, graphite, vinaigrette and peppercorn.

Medium plus in finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This 5 year old Petit Verdot from Israel is drinking very nicely now. Nicely balanced with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. Still young and needs another two years in the bottle to mature.

Needs 3 hours in a decanter to open up and show tannins and some complexity.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats cheeses and olives.

A blend of 85% Petite Verdot and 15% Malbec. Aged for 12 months in oak barrels and then 24 in the bottle. Kosher.

15% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

— 5 years ago

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