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2009RedSteven Kent (web)Petit Verdotn/aGhielmettiUSACaliforniaSan Francisco BayLivermore Valley

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Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2019 (based on 1 user opinion)

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Community Tasting Notes (average 91.8 pts. and median of 93 pts. in 5 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by crushzone on 7/7/2014 & rated 93 points: Yum! Not a wine for most. Leathery and very full bodied. Not subtle at all. You almost need a toothpick after drinking it. Still very young. Will wait a couple of years before opening the next. (330 views)
 Tasted by cbbrown3 on 2/19/2013 & rated 93 points: The wine is a deep, dark maroon color. The dark and manly nose has blackberries, cocoa, vanilla, warm baking spices, and some nice earthiness. This is medium to full body with fairly solid tannins and good acidity. The velvety palate is headed by dark, spicy, earthy berries, with some cocoa coming in on the back end. The finish is fairly long and a nice continuation of the palate. The best straight Petit Verdot I have ever had the pleasure to drink. This wine was very good on the first day but even better on day two. Some cellar time will be greatly rewarded. (549 views)
 Tasted by Martin Redmond on 2/17/2013 & rated 93 points: La Rochelle and Steven Kent Winery Tasting: Opaque violet color and lifted violet, mixed berry, spice and a hint of earth aromas. On the palate, it's medium-bodied, focused, with vibrant acidity and blackberry, black cherry, dark chocolate, black currant, and vanilla flavors. Long finish. (587 views)
 Tasted by SonomaWilliam on 2/17/2013 & rated 92 points: Steven Kent Wines tasting; 2/17/2013-2/18/2013: I have to admit, when this tasting came to the Petit Verdot, I was hesitant.
Petit Verdot is predominately as a blending grape for Bordeaux wines (also not my fave, especially new world style,)
Its a grape, that not handled correctly, is extremely tannic, chalky, and difficult.

But, carefully minded, and worked with...

Steven has produced a great representation of Petit Verdot that will please newer world palates, but an elegant, sultry (if this exists for PV) side of Petit Verdot, a geek can appreciate.

Interesting development that after testing & trials, the American oak performed the best save one barrel of 5 that was Hungarian.
Only 100 cases produced.

The color, (normal for PV) is inky black purple, not a ray of light passes through.
Nose of violets, blackberry, dark cocoa powder, and vanilla
On the palate: mocha, dark chocolate, ripe blackberry, a hint of sweet oak vanillans.

A plush (not lush) wine that almost begs a fireplace over food.

Think of Merlot, in fishnets and a fur.
I could re-think Bordeaux after all.... (796 views)

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