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Petit Verdot

This grape originates in Bordeaux, France.  It is one of the red blending grapes in Bordeaux red wines, but because of it’s intensity and high tannins, it usually takes a supporting role rather than the lead.  Anywhere from 1%-10% of Petit Verdot in a blend is common.  Minimal single varietal wines are made from this grape and worth seeking out to get an idea of its taste profile.   It smells and tastes like plum, lilac, violet and sage and can have a gravelly minerality.   Barrel ageing to soften the grape tannins (through controlled oxidation) will also add notes of vanilla and toast.       

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