By Lenn Thompson, Editor-in-Chief
Tonight, let's take a look at the last of the Shinn Estate Vineyards 2007 reds that I tasted recently (there are at least 3 other un-released wines that I haven't formally reviewed yet) — Shinn Estate Vineyards 2007 Petit Verdot ($35/500ml).
Much like malbec, is a petit verdot has spent more time in a leading role in recent years. But, also like malbec, there isn't really enough planted for it to become anything more than a member of the supporting cast in red blends and in small-production, almost-novelty wines like this one.
This wine certainly qualifies as small production. Only 1344 500ml bottles of this wine were produced. It hasn't been released yet either.
The nose is rich and complex, showing black currant and blueberry fruit, star anise/Chinese five spice, mint, cola and a little dark chocolate for good measure.
On the palate, it's plump and mouth-filling up front with gobs of dark fruit and spice, with more cola and subtle black pepper and dried herbs in the mix. The tannins, while ripe, are substantial and combined with the acidity — make this wine a bit disjointed, bordering on harsh, at this point. It needs some bottle time to even out I think.
The finish is a bit disappointing too, it abrupt and shows a bit of heat.
Producer: Shinn Estate Vineyards
AVA: North Fork of Long Island
Production: 110 cases
Price: $35* (500ml)
Rating: (3 out of 5 | Recommended)