Solid and chunky, this wine is extra dry at this stage in its life. Tannins pile upon tannins, submerging the fruit flavors of strawberries and cherries as well as those of tobacco and spice. The aftertaste is slightly astringent, but if those tannins soften, it should be a serious long-term wine.
Roger Voss covers Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire and South-West France as well as Portugal. His passion is matching food with wine, bringing the pleasures of the table to wine lovers. He has written six books on wine and food, and was previously national correspondent on wine for the London Daily Telegraph. He is based in the Bordeaux region.