A pile of earth, smoke, leather and dark chocolate is about all you can pull from the dense, closed nose. The palate is only a bit more open, and on the back palate the full allotment of berries and oak comes on hard. It's grapey and tannic, but it should be more friendly in due time, say two more years. Best Buy. —M.S.
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.