It's obvious there has been some oak aging here, because the wine is packed with spiciness and toast. That rather diminishes the fruit. Made to be drunk young, it may miss the target.
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.