Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Kinkead Ridge Petit Verdot

The weather has gone from wonderful to crappy again, but just as it was turning over the weekend we managed to grill a thick rib-eye steak.  This time the seasoning was minimal, just some sea salt and pepper applied about two hours before the steak hit the heat. 

In a couple of weeks there will be some new releases from Kinkead Ridge so it was time to make some room in that part of the cellar.  I opted for the heavy weight part of the crew or the biggest puppy in the litter.  In this case it was the 2008 Petit Verdot.  Still inky dark purple in the glass the wine is nearly black.  Lots of sweet, jam like fruit in the nose with blackberries dominating some darker plum aromas.  There nothing shy about this wine, it's intense and almost brooding with its full flavors of those dark fruits.  Despite all the heavy fruit there was still a bit of vegetable flavors just before the finish that was really appreciated.  The tannins are starting to settle but are still strong and there is just enough acid to carry everything along.  There was a sweet and warm after taste to the wine that was perfect for a day that got colder as it went along.  Definitely not a summer weight red so the remaining bottles will have to wait until fall. 

15.1% alcohol and $19.  76 cases produced.

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