Hailing from Montalcino, this wine has a modest, reserved bouquet that offers the basics in terms of fruit as well as some charcoal and mint. The peppery palate deals a strong hand of oak atop ripe berry fruit, while the finish is spicy, woody and firm. The only problem, if you can call it that, is that the tannins are gritty and grabbing. Time should soothe that fault. —M.S.
Empson USA Ltd
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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.