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2012 Perez Cruz Petit Verdot 'Chaski' at 91 by Wine Advocate, Dec 2015
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2012 Perez Cruz Petit Verdot 'Chaski'
"The 2012 Chaski Petit Verdot is sourced from 13-year-old vines planted in an old river bed, on alluvial soils from a stony part of their estate with 55% boulders and 10% to 20% clay that softens the powerful and structured Petit Verdot. In this warm vintage, the Petit Verdot achieved perfect ripening with a peak in temperatures during March (the highest temperatures are usually reached during January). This time it's 100% Petit Verdot; in other vintages it had small percentages of other grapes. The grapes were fermented in a tronconic stainless steel vat after a five day cold soak and completed malolactic fermentation in barrique (60% new), where it matured for 16 months. This does not have the roasted notes and the rustic, slightly harsh character often associated with the grape; this is milder, much more polished and elegant. It might even have some Mediterranean character, faintly balsamic with some notes of aromatic herbs. The palate is medium to full-bodied, intense, yes, but without the rusticity -- albeit with that classical roasted, tarry finish. The grape is like that, and this is a very gentle example, so for fans of the style. 13,200 bottles produced. -LG"