Firmly structured, this has a dry core that's solidly based on smoky tannins. The fruit is holding back, although in a few months the blackberry flavor should surface. The finish retains the dry, firm character of the wine.
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.