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
The small Romeo family vineyard in Calistoga has some of the oldest Cabernet vines in the Napa Valley It was purchased in 1996 by Frank and Eugenia ‘Gena’ Romeo. Motivated by a desire to create and live a lifestyle that represented the Romeo family’s entrepreneurial spirit, they began their journey to craft a legendary Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Frank and Eugenia Romeo are deeply committed to protecting and preserving the natural state of their vineyard.
As a result, the artisan wines produced from the old vines, dating back to early seventies, reflect the unique and inspiring way in which the Romeo family lives – Sempre Vive!
Winemaker Alison Green Doran
Alison Green Doran was drawn into winemaking in 1973. Her father, Oil man and long time Alexander Valley vineyard owner, Russell Green, had bought the Simi Winery in 1969, and brought in Mary Ann Graff, the first woman winemaker anywhere to be hired from outside a family, as well as Andre Tchelistcheff, who had been the winemaker at Beaulieu Vineyards for 35 years, as consultants soon after. By working as a harvest intern beside Andre and Mary Ann for 6 months at Simi in 1973, Alison found both her life’s work and her mentors.
Andre found her a 5 month “cellar rat” position in Alsace for the crush of 1975, and then an enologist position with a start-up winery in Paso Robles. After finishing her Fermentation Science degree at UC Davis, she began working for the Firestone Vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley in 1976. Starting as lab technician, she worked her way to bottling supervisor and then to cellar master, and finally in 1981, to winemaker. The fourth woman winemaker ever.
The Firestone Winery created many award winning wines during her tenure and Alison became well acquainted with how to extract maximum potential for wine quality from a vineyard site. Now a winemaking consultant with many clients in Napa, she has also started her own family label; Hoot Owl Creek Vineyards.
Romeo Vineyards produces elegant and enduring wines from forty-two year old vines, which reside south of a nine acre reservoir in Calistoga, California. Our vines lie 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.