There's a lovely sweetness underlying the smoke, oak and black fruit in the nose, and it follows through on the palate. The fruit tastes young, almost soft enough to be called pretty, with cherry and berry flavors commingling; but there's stuffing, thick tannins and spicy oak. The finish is long, roasty-toasty and altogether captivating.
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Marshall Tilden III
From his first sips of wicker basket Chianti at his grandfather’s dinner table to a 1986 Premier Cru Gevrey-Chambertin, Tilden knew that there was something magical about wine. He earned his Diploma in Wine and Spirits from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and is a Certified Specialist of Wine with the Society of Wine Educators. Having been with Wine Enthusiast catalog since 2005, when he is not writing about wine he also runs the wine storage division and is head of W.E.’s in-house education program.