The long wood aging in large Slavonian oak barrels has given this a dryness and austerity. The fruit is there, with red fruit flavors and ripeness, but it is the dryness and tarry black flavors that dominate. It is very young, and should develop over the next 10 years.
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.