Sunday, February 17, 2013 - 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....