I finished my Passport Petit Verdot per the instructions, although the final racking was a few days early so I could free up the carboy. I now have half the batch bottled and the other half bulk aging with a medium french oak spiral.
I took a sample from the leftover part bottle and to me it is unfortunately thin. I know it didn't come with skins but was hoping it might be like the original WE Petit Verdot that also didn't come with skins and was universally praised. Sadly it doesn't seem to be the case here. The appearance is also odd. The only commercial PV I had was inky and purple. This is ruby red and rather translucent.
As for the flavor, it is oakier than I expected so I am hoping aging with a spiral won't overdo it. The fruit is very subdued at this point and the alcohol is a bit hot but it is obviously very early still. I am hoping the bouquet will improve over time.
Anyone else tried theirs yet? Opinions?