2005 Petite Verdot
California: Napa Valley
Kicks like a mule
Delicious and lush, this wine is everything that we’d expect from a Petit Verdot from our friends at Romeo Vineyards. Their 2005 Sempre Vive Petit Verdot is rich, bold and satisfying. Aromatics are through the roof and big flavors satisfy on so many levels.
Decant for at least 30 minutes, or torture it in your glass by swirling it vigorously. It takes a little while to wake up - and for some of the heat to blow off - but when it does, this very highly recommended wine kicks like a mule.
This is a big wine that begs to be enjoyed with something equally big. A filet mignon or even a fatty porterhouse would be fantastic.
Enjoy now through 2015.
Deepest dark garnet hues with dark ruby edges. Slightly opaque at the heart of the wine, with slightly darker hues in the very center.
Lush and fragrant with distinctive violet, mixed berry compote, leather, tobacco and dusty bramble. As the wine breathes, it really comes alive, releasing additional aromas of braised fig, black tea and subtle smoked meats.
As rich and complex on the palate as it is on the nose; all of the aromas are reflected on the palate. Add to these a delicious grilled steak with caramelized onions, dried mushroom and green peppercorn.
Extremely long and packed with bold flavor that lingers forever. At the tail end, the mouth succumbs to a dryness that makes you smack your lips.
Enjoy this wine with a perfectly grilled filet mignon with cracked pepper.
What the Winery Says
- 91 Points
- “Exceptional” ~ Beverage Tasting Institute
- Gold Medal
- World Wine Championships
About the Winery
Our 37 year old vines lie south of nine acres of reservoir sandwiched between two forested knolls, leading to the geographical conditions that create hot days and cool nights and an extremely long hang time in our Calistoga vineyard. This allows our grapes to develop full flavors, deep color and intense complexity. Our thick gnarled old vines produce from their hearts.
Our oldest block of 16.5 acres was planted in 1971. The clone was unknown and so good that we have had it cleaned up and had Mother vines made at UC Davis and they are in the FPMS Block. Duarte’s Nursery is also keeping the majority of our Mother vines for us to make bench grafts in order to be able to replace our old vines as they may need replacing some day. We named the clone after our son, Albie Romeo who named our label.
Our grapes have an extremely flavorful bouquet because of a high skin to pulp and solid ratio to juice, our fruit gives extreme color, depth and complexity, with full bodied mouth feel. Sempre Vive means Always Alive and refers to our grapes. When the grapes are picked and crushed and made into wine they do not die, for wine is a living product as is cheese.