By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: http://www.threeriverswinery.com
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.
- 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.