Saturday, September 21, 2013
Emiliana Novas Gran Reserva Petit Verdot 2011, Colchagua Valley, Chile
I found it interesting to taste a Petit Verdot when its flying solo. Petit Verdot is one of the five Bordeaux grapes that most often plays a supporting role, usually contributing 3% or less of the final blend.
Dark violet in color, this Petit Verdot opened up with aromas of blackberry/ black plum fruit, exotic spices, smoky, peppery, cedar and light floral notes. On the mouthfeel, full-bodied (14.5% Alc.), powerful, robust with concentrated flavors, lively acidity and a well structured tannins frame. On the finish, the length is very good, the flavors exotic, rich and tasty with persistent tannins lingering. This beast should settle down after a few years in your cellar but there is no doubt that there is a lot that will appeal to those who like them big. If Emiliana Petit Verdot was used for blending what would it bring? In color, complexity and structure? Lots of wine here for $15.95, awesome value and strongly recommended, score 90 points.
Purchased September 14, 2013 LCBO Vintages New Release (325662) at $15.95