Sunday, March 26, 2017

Wine Review: James Charles 2015 Petit Verdot

James Charles 2015 Petit Verdot

Last year I reviewed three wines by the Bogady family, and now they're back with two more! I just reviewed Bogadi Bodega & Vineyard 2015 Viognier the other day and now I'm on to James Charles 2015 Petit Verdot. In February of 2016 I reviewed Bogadi Bodega & Vineyard 2014 Seyval BlancJames Charles 2014 Viognier and Veramar Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Franc.

James Charles Bogady's parents came over to America from the Italian Alps, and his family in the old country still runs a small vineyard. So James thought he'd carry out his family tradition in Virginia. He bought his first vineyard in 1995, and in 2000 he and his wife Della founded Veramar Vineyards. Their son Justin became the winemaker in 2001.

NOTE: In advance of moving to a new house and the arrival of a new baby, the reviews for March, April and May were all written in February and may be much quicker and to the point than you expect from this blog. Foolishness will return this summer.

Petit Verdot! The magical grape! Just a tiny percentage is said to improve any red wine, but here I've got a Petit Verdot varietal from Virginia. Petit Verdot has always mostly been a blender but it's starting to rise up as a varietal, as is Virginia as a wine region. I'm pretty excited to try this! Who wouldn't be, really? If trying up-and-coming uncommon things from up-and-coming uncommon places doesn't excite you then you need to reevaluate your life, friend.

The color of the wine is a dark red with purple highlights. There's a primal scream of a nose with aromas of oak, black cherries, blackberries, and black olives. In the mouth it's medium bodied with bright acidity and astringent tannin. There's flavors blackberries, cranberries and a minerality that reminds me of clay pottery. It finishes both very tart in acidity and hot.

It's so powerful and heroic on the nose, yet elegant and romantic on the palate, that it's a shock to your system at first. You're expecting to get punched on the tongue but it's caressed instead. I admit, at first I was like "what the fuck is this shit" but quickly started enjoying this wine tremendously. 

Here's the kicker: Spring is coming, guys, and this is most definitely a red wine that will love spring. It's going to go great with those first cookouts of the season.

Price: $24
Rating: 4/5 = Recommended (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was supplied free of charge for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.

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