Petite Petit red wine review: it goes to 11

17 05 2011

Today we review a very popular 2008 red blend that’s 85% petite sirah and 15% petit verdot.  It’s from California’s Lodi appellation and costs around $18.

This wine is powerful.  Which is what you expect if you’re familiar with these grapes with the dainty-sounding names.  Petite Petit is very juicy and jammy, yet also has medium-to-large amounts of tannins.  Dark purple in your glass, it tastes almost thick.  Somebody took “fruit bomb,” and turned it up to 11.  If you want a deep, extremely dark blackberry-ish red wine, Petite Petit is your answer.

It also has a fantastic label, something that Michael David winery seems to be very good at.

The problem is that the actual flavor of this wine is almost lost.  You’re too busy being overwhelmed by the big juiciness.  (And the feeling that your teeth are now purple.)  When you find them, the flavors in here aren’t really that delicious, so I would not spend another $18 on it.  I prefer this winery’s Incognito, which I reviewed here.

Not recommended.

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7 07 2012
Luca

T H A N K you !

I thought this was a f a i r wine at best !
For very much the same reasons ~ I kept feeling I was drinking a grape~juice instead of an adult drink . And at times it gave my stomach an upset sensation ~ something I n e v e r get .

I had m o m e n t s enjoying the ‘ ping~pong ‘ between sweet and bitter. . . And the very dry finish is probably the delight of the wine .

$5 at times ~ depending on my mood ; I’d need to be very careful what meal to go with. . .

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