2009 Trader Joe’s Petite Verdot Reserve

2009 Trader Joe's Petit Verdot ReservePrice: $9.99 @ Trader Joe’s

What They Said:

Per the bottle not a thing. Even more surprisingly given the label I was astonished to learn this one was made by the folks at Central Coast Wine Warehouse whom regualar readers will recognize as one of my favorite producers in the Trader Joe’s wine aisle. That said everyone appears to be keeping tight lips on this offering. The best I was able to find is that the 2006 (and I believe the ’07) were grown and bottled by Ancient Peaks Winery, whose Petite Verdot retails for over $30. Was the 2009 as well? If anyone out there has any information to share please send it my way…

What I Think:

This came highly recommended from a few of my Trader Joe’s insiders (Angela and Matt) so you know I had to give it a try. This one starts rich, plush and velvety with blackberry fruit before grippy tannins emerge and intermingle with peppery spices that last through a lingering finish that dries your mouth straight to a pucker. I like it! Reminds me that I need to be drinking more of this varietal. Given the price point this is a great first bottle to explore but I’m thinking I want to expand my Petite Verdot horizons with my next purchase. Perhaps revisiting this Urbano Cellars I enjoyed late last year would be prudent. How about you all out there? Any favorite Petite Verdot’s to point me in the direction of?

Rating: Pricey

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9 thoughts on “2009 Trader Joe’s Petite Verdot Reserve

  1. Hi Jason,

    Just curious, did you decant this bad boy or drink it straight from the bottle? How long did you let it air out before you drank it?
    There was a HUGE difference between when we tasted it without the aerator and with it.
    It needs lots of air to calm down and be delicious.

    BTW, I heard that our Petite Reserve Cab Franc is from the same ranch as this Petite Verdot.

    • Hey there Angela. I didn’t put it in the decanter but I did drink it over three nights and noticed the improvements with each passing day.

      Say what… There is a Cab Franc available! I know where I am stopping on the way home tonight…

  2. This is one of the best bottles Trader as right now along with the Leonhardt Zinfandel for $9.99. $9.99 is a great price for a Petite Verdot.

  3. I like how TJs is picking up some of these (typically) blending grapes and turning them into single varietal bottlings (Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cab Franc) When I was selling this wine, most people had never heard of the varietal, but once they had a bottle, more seemed to be flying off the shelf. Due to the young age of this wine and its potential to get better with a little age, I picked up a few bottles for storage. I look forward to revisiting this one in about a year or when that birthday aerator comes around :)

    As I’m writing this, I just had my first tastes of Quivira’s 2006 Steelhead Zin…now I’m seeing what the hype was all about and how we cleared 120 cases in 2 weeks! Hope people got this while it was around!

  4. To show you the excellence of Petit Verdots capability, I recommend trying Sonoma Counties Stryker Petit Verdot. Knocked my socks off. I am off to my local TJ’s to see if they have any TJ Petit Verdot left.

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