Full Review

Pollak Vineyards

Pollak Vineyards
2016 Estate Grown Reserve, Petit Verdot, Monticello

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Petit Verdot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$35
Cellar Selection

Pollak Vineyards
2016 Estate Grown Reserve, Petit Verdot, Monticello

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Petit Verdot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: <1%
Dusty black violet color. Attractive aromas of ripe blueberry, maple pastry, herbs de provence, cinnamon potpourri, and violet with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long ripe plums, salami, caramelized onion tart, and vanilla frosting finish with no oak flavor. An inky, fruit-forward Petit Verdot that offers a balanced and complex dinner pairing.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky & Savory
Aroma Aroma: ripe blueberry, maple pastry, herbs de Provence, cinnamon potpourri, and violet
Taste Flavor: ripe plums, salami, caramelized onion tart, and vanilla frosting
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Prime Rib, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An inky, fruit-forward Petit Verdot that offers a balanced and complex dinner pairing.

The Producer

Pollak Vineyards

The Producer
330 Newtown Rd
Greenwood, VA 22943
USA
1 540-456-8844

Their Portfolio

89 Pollak Vineyards 2014 Estate, Cabernet Franc, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $26.00.
90 Pollak Vineyards 2013 Meritage Estate, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $35.00.
91 Pollak Vineyards 2013 Estate, Merlot, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $30.00.
90 Pollak Vineyards 2013 Estate Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Monticello 13.7% (USA) $50.00.
81 Pollak Vineyards 2014 Estate, Petit Verdot, Monticello 14% (USA) $30.00.
92 Pollak Vineyards 2015 Estate, Chardonnay, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $24.00.
83 Pollak Vineyards 2013 Estate, Petit Verdot, Monticello 14% (USA) $30.00.
84 Pollak Vineyards 2014 Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $24.00.
87 Pollak Vineyards 2015 Estate Grown, Chardonnay, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $26.00.
91 Pollak Vineyards 2015 Estate Grown, Petit Verdot, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $30.00.
90 Pollak Vineyards 2015 Estate Grown, Cabernet Franc, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $28.00.
89 Pollak Vineyards 2015 Estate Grown, Cabernet Sauvignon, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $32.00.
86 Pollak Vineyards 2014 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Monticello 13.7% (USA) $50.00.
85 Pollak Vineyards 2014 Estate Grown Meritage, Monticello 14.5% (USA) $35.00.
84 Pollak Vineyards 2017 Estate Grown, Chardonnay, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $28.00.
85 Pollak Vineyards 2017 Estate Grown, Viognier, Monticello 14% (USA) $26.00.
80 Pollak Vineyards 2017 Estate Grown, Rosé, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $24.00.
87 Pollak Vineyards 2016 Reserve, Merlot, Monticello 14.5% (USA) $50.00.
92 Pollak Vineyards 2015 Estate Grown Meritage, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $40.00.
86 Pollak Vineyards 2015 Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Monticello 13.7% (USA) $50.00.
94 Pollak Vineyards 2016 Estate Grown Reserve, Petit Verdot, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $35.00.
91 Pollak Vineyards 2016 Estate Grown Meritage, Monticello 13.5% (USA) $40.00.
85 Pollak Vineyards 2016 Mille Fleurs Dessert Wine, Monticello 16.5% (USA) $30.00.

Petit Verdot

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
Petit Verdot is a red Bordeaux variety, one of five permitted in a Bordeaux classified wine. It is almost never seen as a stand-alone variety in this region, instead it is a blending component, used primarily to add color to the wine.

The grape's deep, inky purple hue is quite remarkable and perhaps for that reason, it has attracted a handful of producers in California as a stand-alone wine. It is also used in small amounts as a blending grape in certain powerful California reds. The grape is also grown in Chile and Spain.

The flavors are of blackberry, black cherry and plum along with light black spice. Tannins are moderate as is acidity. Pair a Petit Verdot with robust dishes, be it game birds or venison.