Lot 638 | 2016 Yakima Valley
Rarely produced as a single varietal, Petit Verdot is a bold, intense grape - this is our first ever release!
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- Yakima Valley
- Petit Verdot
- Alcohol by Volume
- Cases Produced
- Now through 2025
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Petit Verdot is a small grape with a naturally higher skin-to-juice ratio and darker color. These smaller, more intense clusters are a bit harder to ripen than Cabernet and more sensitive to mildew and frost, which has limited its appeal amongst growers. However, the climate and soils of Washington state’s high desert are ideal environs for this rare grape, and here it shines.
Sourced from a small, boutique producer in Red Mountain, Lot 638 is a purpose-built, single-vineyard designate Petit Verdot from one of the most respected vineyards in the Yakima Valley. Aged in French oak barrels and built for a $40+ price point, it’s a hell of a deal at $15 and screaming for a juicy ribeye.
First time trying a Petit Verdot
This was my first time trying a Petit Verdot (on its own rather than part of a blend) and I was very pleased. Bold with dark fruit and licorice notes. Very acidic and tannic (which I like). We opened the bottle and let it breathe for about an hour before tasting. It paired very well with the Italian meatlover's pizza we had for dinner.
Wow!! The Petit Verdots from France are little tight but 638 from Washington does the trick! Very nice, inky refined wine!
Wow, the tannins
Had this wine June 2020 (this is a tardy review), first time as a varietal. I can now see why it is usually used in a blend! After getting used to the early blast of tannins I could really appreciate the big fruit and long finish. Loved it with a New York strip. Actually Coravined the Lot 653 Red Hills Lake County petit verdot for comparison, finding them to be similar, and I will be drinking that one soon after ageing it a little longer (review to come).
Inky, dark, fantastic value
Inky dark in the glass, this is a fantastic value. Of course, when I finally had the courage to try this grape I previously knew as a blending grape, I was pleasantly surprised, and depressed to find that it was sold out...
Blackberry, full taste
On the nose getting hints of mint, blackberry and some florals, maybe violet. Mouthfeel is rich, more black fruit, tense tannins and a slate backdrop, long finish of fruit and very tight and dry. I like this one a lot
Dark and sultry
The color grabs your attention, but the taste keeps it. Dry, dark tree fruit, and some late leather.
Full on delicious
Really dark, opaque – almost black in the glass. The legs are few and far between but they show off the 14.4% alcohol nicely. On the nose there is sweet blackberries, mint, charcoal. The palate is as I hoped- dark, tannic and multilayered. Those blackberries reappear with iodine, violets and licorice. The tannins grip, a lot. They claw at my gums from the beginning to the end. This varietal is normally part of a blend due to its tannic frame, brooding fruit and structure- but I do enjoy it by itself. I get hankerings for a mouthfull of that dark, sweet fruit interlaced with hearty tannins. The mid palate and finish echo the theme nicely with a decent length ending of blackberry, tannins and a touch of oak. Delicious and powerful. 90 points and 5 stars for this $15 effort. Drink till 2026 with hearty meat dishes.
This wine will be a great accompaniment to a steak.
Strong- in a good way!
Loved this bold, flavorful wine and wish I would've gotten more before it sold out.
Cracked this open and let it breathe for a good hour. Spectacular! Lots of dark red fruit. The wet mineral tones are ever so present. This is a great sipper. My only regret is I didn’t buy more. Great find!