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Last night’s dinner was complimented by our last bottle of Linden 2005 Petit Verdot.   Linden’s Petit Verdot is one of the best examples of the potential of Petit Verdot in Virginia.  The quality of Virginia wine (and Virginia wineries) has grown exponentially in the last 10+ years and is gaining more respect in the global wine marketplace – and Jim Law has made a sizable contribution to the Virginia wine industry.   

Along with cabernet franc and viognier, the petit verdot grape grows exceptionally well here in the Virginia climate.  Typically used as a blending grape, petit verdot is a workhorse grape and tends to adapt well to many different soil types.  As more petit verdot vines mature (and more Va. Wineries plant them), I suspect we will see many more stellar examples of this varietal coming from Virginia wineries.   

linden-petit-verdot1Linden 2005 Petit Verdot

$28 at the winery.  Just over 300 cases produced.  13.8% alcohol. Real cork closure.  A blend of 82% petit verdot, 12% cabernet franc and 6% cabernet sauvignon.  Deep purple color in color with aromas of blue berry, dark currant, dust, some type of herbal component followed by residual hints of grape kool-aid in the glass.  Excellent, full mouthfeel with blueberry, fig, earth and solid tannins.  Unfiltered.  Super good.

 

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