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.
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.
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....
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