Matthews Petit Verdot, 2002
Petit Verdot is one of the five "Noble" red varietals allowed in Bordeaux. Petit Verdot is primarily used to add structure to the Bordeaux blends, however, on its own this grape can produce hardy wines with deep black color, abundant tannins and alcohol. A few nights ago we got together with our good friends Jim & Taffina and headed up to the Third Floor Fish Café to kick-back and enjoy some good food and wine. Jim brought a bottle of Matthews Petit Verdot, 2002, from the Ciel Du Cheval Vinyard in the prestigious Red Mountain Appellation of the Columbia Valley. In the glass this is a very dark red wine that is nearly opaque with a black hue. The bouquet is overwhelmingly rich with a flamboyant mix of ripe black fruit intermixed with flowers and some salty minerality. On the palate there is ripe black fruit, crème de cassis, licorice, violets and meat. This is a full throttled, multilayer palate that is both delicious and impressive. It is a full bodied wine with considerable tannins and ample acidity giving it excellent balance, depth and length. After just a few sips of this massive wine, I knew ordering fish would not work so I decided to order Grilled Pork Tenderloin. This is another outstanding wine from Matthews Cellars that we will talk about for years to come.