This is big and dense. There seems to be too much structure and not enough fruit for the weight of the tannins. That said, there is also a good smoky character that gives spice and lifts the final black currant fruit flavor.
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.