Review: 2009 Three Rivers Petit Verdot

By Duane Pemberton
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Located on the outskirts of Walla Walla, Three Rivers Winery is a relatively long-time established winery in the greater area and even though it changed hands of owners a few years ago, still has a loyal following. Even though Petit Verdot, on the whole, hasn’t been produced very much – it’s use as a blending grape is still a common practice both in new and old world winemaking. So it’s quite a nice opportunity to try wines that are 100% or predominately Petit Verdot.

2009 Three Rivers Petie Verdot

Technical Data: 

  • Varietal Composition: 79% Petit Verdot, 21% Merlot,
  • Appellation: Columbia Valley
  • Acid: 0.57 g/100 ml
  • pH: 3.70
  • Barrel Aging: 18 Months – 100% French Oak – 50% New Barrels
  • Bottling Date: May 16, 2011
  • Alcohol %: 14.7
  • Price: $29

On the nose: Notes of rust, blackberry, bramble, white pepper but an overall muted nose.

On the palate: A mix of black fruit, plums, white pepper, a hint of medicine cabinet, leather and cigar. There’s not a ton of mouthfeel or texture on this wine and I think it’s because they’re sort of getting chocked out by its youth (ultra firm tannins) and acids. I think of it as a food-friendly wine, but i know many new-world wine fans will be put off by it. The finish is a bit too short, for me, however.

W.E.P. Rating: 80%