This has good balance among its ripe blackberry and red-plum flavors and its firm core. It's solid and chunky while also offering crisp, taut acidity. The aftertaste, with a touch of smokiness, is attractive.
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.