Tight tannins dominate this wine. The question is whether the fruit is ripe enough to sustain the tannin, and the answer is still hard to discern, because of the prominent layer of acidity covering the hints of red plums. Wait a year before opening, but the acidity probably won't soften enough.
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.