2009 Saviah Cellars Petit Verdot – Revew

By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: www.saviahcellars.com

Often treated as the step-child to the other bordeaux grapes, Petit Verdot has slowing been making a comeback as having the ability to be bottle all on its own merits. There are only a handful of Washington wineries who make a straight Petit Verdot and Saviah Cellars (based in Walla Walla) is one of them.

2009 Saviah Cellars Petit Verdot

Technical Data: 

  • Appellation: Walla Walla Valley
  • Vineyards: McClellan Estate Vineyard, Stillwater Creek Vineyard
  • pH: 3.63
  • TA: 0.54 g/100mL
  • Alcohol: 14.1%
  • Fermentation: 36-hour cold soak; Open top fermenters with cap punched down by hand three times per day. Secondary fermentation finished in barrel.
  • Cooperage: Aged 21 months is small French oak barrels – 100% New French oak barrels
  • Cases Produced: 291 Cases
  • Bottling Date: February 24, 2011
  • Releaes Date: October 1, 2012
  • $35

Nose: Squid-ink laced blackberries along with bramble, mushroom, dark chocolate, pie crust, leather and black cherry cola.

Taste: Bring on the black folks – we’re talking blackberries, black licorice, blackened blueberries, ink and pencil shavings. A pretty good mid palate with good acidity and tanning but the fruit does get a little lost in the mid-to-rear palate transition. Overall, a very solid effort and a wine that I’d love to try again in a few more years.

W.E.P. Rating: 85%