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Perez Cruz Chaski Petit Verdot, Valle del Maipo

FOOD & WINE Wine Club Perez Cruz Chaski Petit Verdot, Valle del Maipo FOOD & WINE Wine Club Perez Cruz Chaski Petit Verdot, Valle del Maipo
Winery Perez Cruz
Grape Petit Verdot
Year 2010
Country Chile
Appellation Maipo Valley

$40.00 per bottle

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Petit Verdot is a bit player in its native Bordeaux, but is thriving in sunnier regions around the world, such as Chile.
What You Need To Know
Best known as a blending component in Bordeaux’s Cabernet- and Merlot-based reds, Petit Verdot is prized by winemakers for its ability to add inky color, acidity and floral notes to a blend. In Bordeaux’s cool climate, though, it’s tough to get this late-ripening variety mature enough to make a balanced, complete wine on its own. But in warmer regions, Petit Verdot can become a star. A case in point is this minerally, powerful bottling from Chile’s Maipo Valley. It comes from a small winery owned by the Pérez Cruz family, who created a winery on their vast estate in the Alto Maipo in the early 1990s. Their small plot of Petit Verdot vines yielded 1.8 tons to the acre in 2010—a miniscule amount—which accounts for this red’s intensity. Cool mountain temperatures give it freshness.
Smell It
Smell It
Black currant, espresso and a floral note reminiscent of violets.
Taste It
Taste It
Plum, smoked meat and pepper notes that are bold and balanced.
Serve It
Serve It
Cellar temperature—the bottle should be cool to the touch.
Pair It
Pair It
Bold roasts, juicy steaks, rich stews and braises.