Aromas of French oak, toast, espresso and a whiff of underbrush lead the nose and follow through to the rather lean palate along with licorice, a note of powdered sage and dried black cherry. It lacks the fruit richness needed to stand up to the dominant oak-driven spice and mouth-drying tannins.
Italian Editor Kerin O’Keefe reviews all Italian wines for Wine Enthusiast. Previously she wrote regularly on Italian wine for Wine News, World of Fine Wine and Decanter. She is the author of Franco Biondi Santi: The Gentleman of Brunello (2005), Brunello di Montalcino: Understanding and Appreciating One of Italy's Greatest Wines (2012) and Barolo and Barbaresco: The King and Queen of Italian Wine (2014).Email: email@example.com.