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


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. — a year ago

Dave Wismer
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Domaine des Cavarodes (Etienne Thiebaud)

Pressé Côtes du Jura Savagnin 2017

Oh it’s just another Jura savagnin that I really like, no big deal. Smooth acids all the way; off-cold it’s better I think. Toby the cat is into it too, which is cool cos he’s normally an old-fashioned big red guy... — a year 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. — a year ago

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Sounds very nice! 🍷

Bedrock Wine Co.

Papera Ranch Heritage Russian River Valley Red Blend 2014

So exhausted after the holidays. Tried a dry January, made it 3 days. Oh well. Great blend — a year ago

Shay, Ira and 27 others liked this
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Happy new year, @Jody Scharf 🍷🎈
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@Ron R thank you Ron. Happy healthy new Year to you and your family!
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@Jody Scharf Where do you buy your wines?

Sullivan Vineyards

Napa Valley Merlot 2014

Sullivan and Sullivan! Lush and velvety from the get-go. Lots of rich, supple black cherry with hints of plum and spice box with mocha and eucalyptus. A long, chalky finish. Fantastic, and one to savor. I just love Sullivan - my favorite winery ... and dog! @Sullivan Vineyards — 2 years ago

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Andrew Neyer

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@JJ Lumia yes! Have 4 of these waiting. Love to see it didn’t disappoint!


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.

— a year ago

Casey, Kirk and 15 others liked this


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. — a year ago

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Neil Valenzuela

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Ha! Great photo
Shawn Thompson

Shawn Thompson

Love the photo and the review! Cheers 🍷


Antoine Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

Interesting Pinot. A hint of smoke on the nose and some herbs too. Smells reminiscent of a campfire. Can’t quite pinpoint it, maybe even a little chocolate, very interesting. Definitely smoke on the palette. Very flavorful Pinot, lots of dark cherry with a little tartness too. Really interesting. My cat approves too 😊 — 2 years ago

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Retro Cellars

Old Vine Petite Sirah 2013

If Rudy Kurniawan made this it would be equal parts Shafer Relentless, off-vintage La Mission Haut Brion, and recent release Aussie Shiraz. Creosote, wet clay, and bacon fat, with a million things in between. — a year ago

Shay, Severn and 13 others liked this

Château Haut-Brion

Le Clarence de Haut-Brion Pessac-Léognan Red Bordeaux Blend 2005

2nd wine of Haut Brion @ £120 in top year that I grabbed as a bin end last week for £77 💥 boom - like walking down the street & not stepping in the dog 💩 result 😁

📍 Le Clarence De Haut Brion 2009

🏵 93+ points & should still improve 😉

🍇 46% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon & the rest dollops of Petit Verdot & Cabernet Franc

🍷 Deep opaque ruby

👃 Flint, mineral & gravel in soggy earth through blackberry soaked in smokey oak w/ plum, cracked pencil, dark cherry, herbs, cocoa, raspberry & wet leaves

👄 Med body of smooth rich black berry/currant, dark cherry, plum & raspberry in rock minerals w/ a mocha liquorice undertone

🎯 Med+ dark & red fruit silky mineral kiss w/ a mocha liquorice spank
— a year ago

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