Cameron Hughes Lot 638 Petit Verdot Yakima Valley 2016
You generally see Petit Verdot used in red blends, rather than a stand-alone grape. It's a small, bold berry which is so tough to handle that many growers stay away from it. Hughes says that he found one who didn’t stay away, one who was planning to sell the wine for $40 a bottle. Hughes sells it for $15. Alcohol hits 14.4% abv.
It's a grape for big-flavor people. If you pepper your eggs heavily before tasting them, Petit Verdot might be for you. If you say the espresso would have been great if only it were a little stronger, Petit Verdot might be for you.
This inky Washington wine smells like plums and vanilla with a lacing of leather and lavender. The palate is deep and complex, full of dark fruit - plums, blackberries - and spices, herbs and anise. The tannins are firm enough, but not overpowering. It’s a great wine for a roast or just for sipping.