Winemaker: Niels Verburg. This winemaker is not known for making wines of subtlety and nuance, and The Monster is an aptly named selection to add to his portfolio. It's big and brash right from the start, with ripe, jammy, concentrated aromas of blackberry paste, fig, plum and cherry preserves that are amped up by forward notes of licorice, camphor and espresso. The palate is robust and the mouthfeel bold, with firm, gripping and completely mouth-drying tannins, in need of some time to mellow. Try after 2018.
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Reviews wines from South Africa and Languedoc-Roussillon.
Buzzeo joined Wine Enthusiast Magazine
in 2006 as a tasting coordinator, and eventually became Tasting Director and Senior Editor, responsible for overseeing all aspects of the tasting and review program. Most recently, Buzzeo assumed the role of Managing Editor. Since coming to Wine Enthusiast
, she has made it one of her personal missions to promote the acceptance of cross-drinking, encouraging everyone to embrace finely crafted libations across all beverage categories. Buzzeo is also an avid homebrewer and a member of the AHA (American Homebrewers Association).