Purple and dense, with generous aromas of toasty oak, dark fruit and violet-like flowers. It's big and young, but well-knit. There is a ton of black-fruit flavor, admirable tannic grab, overall balance and length. Maybe it's not a mind-blower, but as Cigales seeks to achieve prime standing, wines like this will only help. Drink now through 2012.
Spanish and South American Editor
Reviews wines from Argentina, Chile and Spain.
Michael Schachner is a New York-based journalist specializing in wine, food and travel. His articles appear regularly in Wine Enthusiast,
where he is a longstanding contributing editor responsible for South America and Spain. Schachner reviews more than 2,000 wines annually for WE
and regularly travels to Chile, Argentina and Spain to keep abreast of the constantly changing global wine map.