A more exact and rewarding Cigales red than most. It has a spot of mushroom and roughness to the nose, but the palate is well structured, with plenty of kick and some astringency coming from tannic bite, acidity and secondary oak notes. Traslanzas is not a factory wine and this is a strong effort for 2003, a notoriously hot year. Expect even better in 2004 and 2005.
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Spanish and South American Editor
Reviews wines from Argentina, Chile and Spain.
Michael Schachner is a New York-based journalist specializing in wine, food and travel. His articles appear regularly in Wine Enthusiast,
where he is a longstanding contributing editor responsible for South America and Spain. Schachner reviews more than 2,000 wines annually for WE
and regularly travels to Chile, Argentina and Spain to keep abreast of the constantly changing global wine map.