Producer:  Colterris Wines
Region: Grand Valley AVA
Blend: 94% petit verdot, 6% cabernet sauvignon
ABV: 14.9%
TA: 5.6 g/l
pH: 3.72
Production: 199 cases
Price: $28*

* Review sample provided by the winery

Colterris Wines 2016 Petit Verdot (credit: Colterris Wines)

Colterris Wines 2016 Petit Verdot

90 points

As I work my way through the winners from the 2018 Colorado Governor’s Cup, this petit verdot was an early standout.

Dark, brooding fruit – think the ripest of blueberries and black currants – is accented by notes of dusty white pepper, high-tone purple flowers and wet earth on an intense and nicely complex nose.

It wears it's 14.9% abv very well, showing concentrated intensity in its black and blue fruits. At first, all that fruit is a bit monolithic, but with some time in the glass, layers of smoke beef, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate and peppery spice. Despite its richness, it's balanced beautifully by a bit of fresh acidity.

It was a great accompaniment to rare, grilled ribeyes and at $24, it seems like a great deal in an age-worthy red.

About Author

Lenn Thompson, a proud Pittsburgh, PA native, moved to Long Island more than a decade ago and quickly fell in love with the region’s dynamic and emerging wine community. A digital and content marketing and community professional by day, he founded in early 2004 to share his passion for the wines, beers and spirits of New York State. After running that site -- which became the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news -- for 12 years, he launched in late 2016 to add the wines of Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont and beyond to his beat. Lenn currently serves as the wine columnist for The Suffolk Times weekly newspaper and is the former editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette. He contributes or has contributed to publications like Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Beverage Media, Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End and Edible Hudson Valley. Lenn served on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, an annual regional wine immersion conference for writers and trade. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating local and the many local wine regions of America. Lenn lives in Miller Place, NY with his wife Nena, son Jackson, daughter Anna and their dog, Casey Lemieux Thompson.

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