Flavor Profile of Petit Verdot
Petit Verdot is a highly concentrated grape, exuding abundant color, structure and flavor - with many preferring to approach it with the "less is more" philosophy and diluting its potent power by blending. However, for those that have ventured out into the Petit Verdot spotlight, featuring the grape as a stand alone - the expected aromas circle around vanilla, smoke, spice, cedar, molasses and even tar. The Petit Verdot flavor profile often includes dense, dark fruit, to the tune of blackberry, black cherry and black plum.
Food Pairings: Due to the rigid tannin structure and concentrated nature of this wine, foods with plenty of weight, protein and fat are your best bets. Consider rich cuts of red meat, well-aged cheese (like Stilton) or wild game.
Petit Verdot Producers: While there are not many producers focusing on a single varietal Petit Verdot offering, there are several that are bottling Petit Verdot exceptionally well. Check out Trinchero Family Vineyards, Ballentine Vineyards and St. Supery.