2012 Ste Chapelle Petit Verdot, Hell’s Canyon, Idaho

Most of the time, wineries use Petit Verdot as a blending grape. It’s rarely bottled on its own because it’s simply too powerful.  And wineries rarely add more than 8% into a blend. Not this time. Ste Chapelle made a bold statement to package this as a single variety, and they knocked it out of the park. If you swirl the glass, you’ll get a good whiff of pencil shavings, leather and spice. Drink it, and you’ll be fully enamored with black fruits and molasses. The midpalate is soft and pretty leading to a medium-long crescendo of blackberry jam. 197 case production. Simply divine! Buy!

Excellent | $25 | 14.0% ABV


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Editor and co-founder of Enobytes.com, Pamela is a sommelier and former restaurant manager and wine buyer with Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), Court of Master Sommeliers & Center for Wine Origins certification. She has contributed to or been quoted by various publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Sommelier Journal, Vegetarian Times, VIV Magazine, UC-Berkeley Astrobiology News, The Washington Post, the Associated Press, NPR and USA Today. True to her roots, she seeks varietal and appellation integrity and is always passionate about finding the next great bottle of wine.

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