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It’s an amazing thing that today Walla Walla, Wash., is producing wines comparable to those from St. Emilion in Bordeaux.
There are five grapes in a typical Bordeaux: Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are the stars, always dominating the blend, while Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot are the back-up singers; present only in small amounts (or sometimes not at all.)
Petit Verdot may be a grape that you’re not very familiar with because it rarely gets to take center stage. Its name literally translates to “little green.” The grapes are tiny and slow to ripen in the Bordeaux region and sometimes remain green throughout the growing season. But in Washington, the climate is perfect for this little neglected beauty, allowing it to ripen into all of its glory. Smaller grapes mean a higher skin-to-juice ratio, and it is the skin that provides color and tannin. A wine made of Petit Verdot will be inky, lush and supple, with hints of berries, violets and leather.
The people of Revelry Vintner’s decided to take advantage of this opportunity to create what they call a “Reverse Bordeaux” with Petit Verdot dominating the blend at 52 percent, followed with 38 percent Merlot and 10 percent Cabernet Sauvignon. They call it The Reveler. The 2008 is their second vintage, but the wine instantly became a cult hit, with the first vintage selling out immediately at the winery. This wine is big and bold, with velvety blackberry flavors and just a hint of oak.
The Reveler is produced in small quantities and is a steal for about $20 per bottle. Make sure you snatch it up as soon as you can. It is available at Aragon Wine Market, Seville Quarter Wine & Gift Shop, Anna’s Fine Wines and City Grocery.