2015 Zolo "Black" Petit Verdot
January 3, 2023
Today's wine is pretty cool stuff. I've been a fan of the wines from Bodega Tapiz owned by Patricia Ortiz. When our distributor called and said she had only two cases left of the 2015 Zolo Black Petit Verdot, my eyebrows raised.
First off Patricia has a wonderful winemaker in Fabian Valenzuela, but she also enlists the assistance of 30 year Petrus veteran Jean Claude Berrouet to craft her wines. The Zolo Black is the premium wine for the Zolo label, and I consider it to be one of the best values on our list.
As the name suggests, the wine is a very dark ruby but almost black color. Very robust legs and the wine gently colors the glass.
Aromas of dark chocolate, Blackberry, baking spice and a hint of leather are pronounced.
On the palate the wine is smooth, and full bodied. Flavors of cocoa, blackberry, and slight smoke combine seamlessly. Tannins are velvety and pleasantly coat the tongue.
This wine would do well with a nice filet, or even a semi sweet chocolate mousse (or our chef Bruno Vergara De Leon espresso chocolate mousse if he brings it back)
It is from the Lujan de Cuyo region of Mendoza, Argentina which has a longer growing season to allow much more complex fruity character in the wine.
Producer - Bodega Tapiz http://www.bodega-tapiz.com.ar/en/
Varietal - Petit Verdot
Region - Mendoza - Lujan de Cuyo
Why we selected this wine: A wonderful dark petit verdot with some age with a somewhat reasonable price point (we could keep it off of the reserve list). We consider this a rare find.