More complex than many, and lighter in bouquet and body, this semitraditional RdD starts with smoky, leathery aromas but also some dill and coconut from the barrel regimen. It keeps that “American oak” character through the sweet-berry palate and onto the vanilla-tinged finish. Gets better with airing but could use another year or two of bottle age.
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Spanish and South American Editor
Reviews wines from Argentina, Chile and Spain.
Michael Schachner is a New York-based journalist specializing in wine, food and travel. His articles appear regularly in Wine Enthusiast,
where he is a longstanding contributing editor responsible for South America and Spain. Schachner reviews more than 2,000 wines annually for WE
and regularly travels to Chile, Argentina and Spain to keep abreast of the constantly changing global wine map.