Dryness is the dominant character of this wine. Aromas of charred wood, toast and sandalwood are more prominent than plum tomatoes. To taste, it is tough and slightly lean, but there are also red berries and herbs. Wood comes back to dominate the aftertaste, along with acidity. Will this age? It should, but it needs at least 10 years.
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