Citrus, pineapple, white stone fruits and green apple are among the aromas and flavors in this clean, medium-weight offering. The wine has a nice butterscotch streak, but some tasters found it light to the point of insubstantial, while others praised its balance and elegance.
A heavy cloak of oak can’t hide the high alcohol level (15%). Sure, the alcohol provides weight and texture, but also heat on the finish. The black cherry and black pepper flavors need some time to smooth the rough edges, but then the alcohol will likely become more prominent. Drink young for its rustic ebullience, with rare beef to help tame the tannins.