With brooding aromas, subdued fruit and plenty of tannins, this is one for the cellar. Things kick off with some earthy, mildly sulfuric scents—you could even say that it's tough to like at first. But with time, classic leather and dried-cherry fruit emerge, followed by a perfect smokiness to the grip-galore finish. It's a traditional wine, one that could use several years to lose its clumsy youth and reveal its true character. And even then you should serve it with food.
Moët Hennessy USA
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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.