Tamarack Cellars Petite Verdot 2013
Tamarack Cellars in Walla Walla, Washington has crafted a 100% Petite Verdot varietal worthy of attention. Traditionally this grape has been used to deepen color and supply greater fruitiness in Bordeaux wines. It often fails in the star role but shines as a supporting actor. Experimentation as a varietal has increased as the popularity of fruit-driven wines have become more the rage. All that fruitiness can be very appealing to the novice and indeed it has its place.
Red wines of great nobility, however, have long been married with oak and the flavors of both the fruit and the oak form a character that enhances the wine in all aspects, in my humble opinion. Too much fruit or oak is the bane of many a would-be great wine. And how do you create the perfect balance? It is not easy ,as seen by the majority of reds that may have achieved balance between acid, tannin, alcohol, and fruit but created an imbalance with the oak. Balance is achieved not only with the longevity of the wine in mind, but with the marriage of these oak and fruit flavors that give birth to their harmonious complexity.
Tamarack has done this well. The Petite Verdot’s flavors have been filled out and deepened by the right amount of oak that does not go unnoticed to the discerning taster. Likewise, the oak flavors have been enriched and transformed by the vibrant fruit. This is one of the most attractive Petite Verdot wines that I have tasted and it will offer a great experience for the educated wine lover.
Emotional rating: Very high for the taster that wants the adventure of complex harmony that only a perfect balance of oak and deep fruit can offer.
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