May 27, 2010

Pirramimma Petit Verdot 2005

This wine has great "curb appeal": a tall, elegant bottle with a simple, classy label. And once you get inside you're not disappointed. Petit Verdot is usually used in Bordeaux blends but isn't often seen as a single varietal. This wine from the McLaren Vale is deep purple in colour, and has a fantastic, assertive, earthy bouquet. I got tastes of leather, earth and blackberry, strong but it held together nicely and the acids and tannins were balanced. I imagine this would improve with age or aeration. Definitely a match for strong cheeses or meats. Bacon-wrapped filet mignon?

Pirramimma is delicious, and would be impressive to bring to a friend's house for dinner. I can't see any red wine drinker not loving it.

90 points. $27 at deVines, but I think I got it on sale at Sobeys for around $22.

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