On first take, this smells oaky, with notes of animal fur and earthy berry fruits. A tight palate shows tomatoey acidity, while a narrow field of flavors includes plum and herbs. Drawing tannins and a minty flavor drive the finish on this basic but positive Rioja.
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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.