This is a beautifully complex and layered selection, with prominent pure-fruit aromas and flavors that are perfectly partnered with sour wild-yeast and barrel notes. It pours a rich mahogany color, with fairly aggressive carbonation that produces a decent off-white head. Immediate fruit aromas lead the bouquet, supported by a tart, almost vinous backbone and accents of cocoa and earth. The palate offers more of the same, but with the acidic vibrancy and tart rhubarb flavor playing key roles in taming the sweet strawberry sensations. The texture is smooth, and the long, evolving finish transitions from ripe fruit flavors to tart berry and finally earthy accents of pastry, cocoa bean and bark.
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Managing Editor, Print, and Tasting Director
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).