Sweet-tart red cherry and pastry notes are enticing, but the big char and smoke make it hard to focus on the palate's abundance of juicy red-fruit flavors. Fine-grained yet persistent tannins extend the finish. It ends with a delicate spray of violet perfume.
Anna Lee C. Iijima joined Wine Enthusiast in 2010. A former attorney turned beverage devotee, she holds a Diploma in Wine and Spirits from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and is a student in the Masters of Wine Program. She is also an Advanced Sake Professional of the Sake Education Council with an enduring love for saké and shochu.Email: email@example.com