This Tuscan Merlot opens with dominant aromas of raw wood and wood chips with hints of black fruit muffled beneath the surface. Oak is also at the forefront of the palate, followed by toast, espresso and vanilla. There's not enough fruit richness to carry off the oak, and it finishes on a bitter note of astringent wood 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.