Perky Petit Verdot

Starts out as giant of a wine yet through the mid-pallet it ends up silky smooth making it a totally enjoyable to sit and sip.

Perky is dark purple and inky in color. The aroma includes intriguing herbal and floral notes like violet, lilac, lavender, sage, and dried herbs with a subtle cedar, molasses and a hint of bittersweet chocolate.

The flavor includes dense, dark fruit such as blackberry, black cherry and black plum all with a tiny hint of smoke. These aromas and flavors combine to form a rich texture throughout this olfactory sensation making Perky a mouthful of a wine.

Originally planned to use in our classic Bordeaux blends Perky is a fascinating, seductive wine that obviously deserved to be bottled as a single-vineyard, single-varietal and is a great addition to our Icon Wine Collection.

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Food Pairing ~ Perky Petit Verdot
Due to the concentrated nature of this wine, foods with plenty of weight, protein, and fat make the best pairings. Rich cuts of red meat or wild game. Barbecue, beef stew, roasted rack of lamb and game birds all stand up well to the rich appeal of Perky.

Think about recipes like bouillabaisse with tomatoes and saffron, pork with chili verde sauce, duck ragout, venison chops with rice, venison pot roast, etc. The tannin in Perky reacts with the high levels of protein in these types of food dishes to soften it and ease digestion. Here's a few suggestions:

The intense flavors of Perky combine well with mushrooms, truffles, black beans, and kidney beans. It’s also suitable to pair it with dishes that include olives, eggplant, and nuts.

Perky pairs extremely well with lamb. Try having a glass or two with some lamb stew to really bring out the flavors. Other suitable meats include roast pork, burgers, and Chinese BBQ pork and beef. Perky also works well with Mexican dishes such as adobo and mole.

Use any of the following Herbies spices with Perky :~ Sage, Rosemary, Mint, Cumin, Anise, Clove, Allspice, Turmeric, Black Pepper, White Pepper, Mace, Sweet Smoked Paprika, Cinnamon or Ancho Chile.

For vegetables and garnishing flavor use portabella or shitake mushroom, black lentils, truffle salt, black beans, kidney beans, raisin, dried cranberry, pomegranate, chestnut, walnut, hazelnut, black olives, eggplant, onion or shallots.

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Cheese Pairing ~ Perky Petit Verdot
Perky is a big cheese and likes that kind of company. Grana Padano, Pecorino, Manchego, Smoked Gouda, Aged Gouda, Aged Cheddar, Aged Gruyere. Here's a few suggestions:

Perky is wonderfully dark purple and inky in color when poured into the glass. The nose starts off with smoke, spice, subtle cedar, molasses and a hint of bittersweet chocolate . Take some cheese and wine together and the cheese will be awash with the lovely dark fruit flavor in the wine. It will make cheese come alive right there in your mouth.
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Serving ~ Perky Petit Verdot
  • Serving Temperature: 60°F- 65°F
  • Glass Type: Riedel - Bordeaux
  • Decant: Yes – 30 to 50 minutes
  • Age: Up to 15+ years
  • Pronunciation: peh tee ver doh

Background ~ Perky Petit Verdot
Petit Verdot is grown in most major grape regions around the globe. It is a late-ripening, warm climate variety of grape, used predominantly in blending.

In France it finds its way into Bordeaux blends, in Italy, the SuperTuscans, in Mendoza it assists the Malbec and in Australia it assumes several roles alongside Shiraz and Cabernet blends because it typically to adds tannin structure, color and herbaceous notes of violet and sage.

Originally planted in our estate vineyards to blend into our Bordeaux program it was obvious that it belonged in our Icon collection so in 2012 our first single-vineyard, single-varietal Petit Verdot was bottled.

Petit Verdot requires a lot of work in the vineyard, because it is a late-ripening, high-yielding strain. This causes many to avoid it, however, when you pay attention and work at it, Petit Verdot develops a very different personality, especially in dry and sunny terroir like that of our high-altitude Napa vineyard.

This allows for longer ripening which makes the wine voluptuous and at the same time rounded. This must then be followed by barrel ageing for a period never less than two years, which this red wine really needs to round out its true character.


Romantic Name ~ Perky Petit Verdot
Perky - In 1910 C.W. Perky performed experiments to determine reality vs perception in imagery.

The "Perky Effect" has come to mean the reduction in visual performance that results when one deliberately focuses on a mental image.

Petit Verdot is often used to add small amounts of tannin, color and flavor to a Bordeaux blend.

As a taster focuses on the Cabernet Sauvignon flavors it is almost impossible to perceive the presence of Petit Verdot in the blend, however if the taster focuses on the flavors of Petit Verdot it will appear, because it really is a lively, enthusiastic, perky wine.


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