Ripe and smooth, this has an attractive balance of blackberry flavor and spicy tannins, with a juicy character that makes it seem richly fruity. It could age for 1–2 years, but it's drinkable now.
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.