There's some red berry fruits, along with some firm dry fruit tannins, but it's the smoky wood tastes that seem to dominate. The finish is firm, a touch bitter, but there is also a residual sweetness.
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.