Standing Stone Vineyards, Petit Verdot 2013, Finger Lakes, New York
Tasting Note: A rarely-planted grape varietal in the New York Finger Lakes, Standing Stone’s petit verdot is a standout.
This purple-colored petit verdot has a nose of black plum, red currant, black cherry, blackberry and peach stone fruit with a hint of clove and lemon-citrus zest.
Aromas on the nose carry to the palate as flavors with the black fruit flavors rising to the top with medium-acidity making itself known at the 33% point of the taste and riding under the black fruit through to the finish.
The red is medium bodied and velvety in your mouth. Petit verdot like cabernet franc is usually a blending grape and is rarely bottled as a single varietal.
Given the New York Finger Lakes’ focus on cab franc, is seems only appropriate that we should be introduced to another blending grape in the area that shows an expression worthy of occupying center stage as a single varietal bottled wine.
Bottle Note: 10 Millennia ago, glaciers carved the Finger Lakes, creating soil ideally suited to growing grapes. Our site, on the east shore of Seneca Lake, captures the ideal elements of wind, water, soil and stone. We craft wines that are brilliant in their personality, with luscious flavors, aromas and textures. We dedicate our passion to wines with a solid foundation in the soil and the stone, expressed with elegant flavors in your class. We’re delighted to share our passion of wine making with you and your loved ones! Marti & Tom Macinski
Tasting Date: December 12, 2015