This dense wine opens with blackberry, plum, toast, earth and leather aromas. The palate is overwhelmed by oak, showing espresso, toast, spearmint and vanilla while licorice and blackberry sensations remain in the background. It lacks the fruit richness to support the heavy oak influence, and astringent wood tannins dry out the mouth.
Italian Editor Kerin O’Keefe reviews all Italian wines for Wine Enthusiast. Previously she wrote regularly on Italian wine for Wine News, World of Fine Wine and Decanter. She is the author of Franco Biondi Santi: The Gentleman of Brunello (2005), Brunello di Montalcino: Understanding and Appreciating One of Italy's Greatest Wines (2012) and Barolo and Barbaresco: The King and Queen of Italian Wine (2014).Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.