The latest release in Odell's Woodcut line is a strong, bold and cellar-worthy selection. Oak aged—like all the Woodcut releases—in new American oak barrels, it opens with intense aromas of bittersweet cocoa powder, roasted malt, charred wood, s'mores, raisin and sweet baking spice. The mouthfeel is full and creamy, with a slight boozy warmth that carries through to the finish. Flavors of roasted cocoa nib, coffee bean, toasted walnut shells, toffee and woody spice are plentiful and immensely attractive, with a grounding fruity core of fig preserves and black currant. This bold selection is absolutely delicious now, but should evolve and develop additional complexities with another year or two of age.
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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).