A lot of bacon, open-cut wood and charcoal on the nose, all of which adds up to blast of heavy overt oak, clearly American. The palate is slightly choppy, with cherry and plum resting below a veneer of lively oak. Finishes a touch buttery and fat, with spunky, scouring tannins. Still, this is a true Ribera red, just not at that higher echelon. Imported by Billington Imports.
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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.