89–91. Barrel sample. This is an attractively fruity wine that's packed with blackberry flavor. The mid palate boasts fruit-cake and raisin flavors with a hint of smokiness that complement a firm tannic character. Spicy aftertaste lingers on the finish.
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.