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Grantwood Winery 2016 Petit Verdot, Walla Walla Valley, $22
More winemakers in Washington state are helping to bring this lesser-known red Bordeaux variety out of the shadows, and Joe Grant of tiny Grantwood Winery in Walla Walla is among those. This wine represents two barrels of Petit Verdot from stately Les Collines Vineyard in the foothills of the Blue Mountains, and it offers big shoulders with dense notes of plum, black cherry and blackberry, backed by a dusting of cocoa powder. This spring, Barrister Winery in Spokane used a Petit Verdot from historic Dionysus Vineyard along the Columbia River to win the title of best red wine at the Indy International Wine Competition on the campus of Purdue University. And earlier this month, Grantwood took best of show at the 2018 Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition with his Petit Verdot, a competition staged at Walla Walla Community College that serves as a scholarship fundraiser for College Cellars students.
Production: 45 cases