Petit Verdot Rosado: My New, Delicious Motto 04/28/11
Say, do you remember my very first review? I wrote it way, way back in December of 2010: a simpler time, when there was only one kind of iPad on the market; when only two of the Jersey Shore’s three seasons had aired; and when people everywhere were enjoying what would turn out to be their final moments of peace and solidarity, before the pressures of the post-postmodern age impelled society to collapse in on itself like a bloated, dying star.
The wine I discussed was the Murphy-Goode 2005 Petit Verdot, which in fact marked my first foray into the dark, purple world of Bordeaux’s most underappreciated varietal. It was an experience, to say the least, inspiring me to bid adieu to the world of friends and sunshine, park my ample ass upon a moderately comfortable chair, and start myself a below-average wine blog.
Today I come before you having tasted my second ever Petit Verdot; they are unreasonably difficult to find in pure varietal form, to echo a lament I’ve made before. Stumbling across this one, however, I appeared to have located an even greater rarity: the Pagodel Vicario 2006 Petit Verdot Rosado, a $16 Spanish rosé from the Castilla region produced entirely from Petit Verdot grapes – unusual enough a find that I had no choice but to purchase it at once.
While most rosé wines range in color from pale, barely-perceptible pink to deeper salmon and orange, in the glass this looked a hell of a lot more like a red. Deep, translucent ruby, it managed to give off the visual impression of a Pinot Noir (rather than a straight-up Verdot, with its characteristic opaque purple tones). Color isn’t usually a big factor for me in considering a wine, but this one was an exception.
On the nose, indeterminate but unmistakable floral aromas greeted me, opening to cherries after breathing. The palate presented more flowers and cherries, along with cinnamon, held together by unexpectedly powerful tannins (still soft, by non-rosé standards) and a surprisingly medium body. This proved the absolutely perfect pairing for a veal and pepper calzone – just thinking about those two together makes me wish three-way marriage were legal. And also, marrying food.
I award the Pagodel Vicario Petit Verdot Rosado thumbs up – and I hope to try more wines like it soon.