CASALE DEL GIGLIO PETIT VERDOT LAZIO IGT - 2005
Italian Petit Verdot with 13% alcohol.
Purple color with intense grape jelly, grape bubblegum and blueberry pie on the nose. There are some initial bitter tannins that eventually soften as the wine opens up and a sour finish that also dissipates on the second day. Black currant and black fruit dominate the palate.
SCORE & RECOMMENDATION:
A nice variation from drinking Cabernet, Merlot or Syrah varietals. Traditionally a blending grape, Petite Verdot still shows nicely as a focal point. Retails for around $17 making it somewhat expensive for the excitement and expressiveness it delivers.