This is cool on the nose, with tree bark and tobacco aromas that come together well. Tannic and stout, it’s not punishing, with a roasted black-fruit flavor and a backing of espresso bitterness. This shows a syrupy side and also raw power. Drink now–2018.
The importance of a great vintage is evident in this crianza holdover from the lauded 2001 harvest. The wine is loaded with cola, root beer, molasses and leather aromas, while the flavors of earthy cherry, plum and raspberry are subtle and upright, yet still a touch angular. Will go well with food; drink now.
The greeting is nothing but pure green coconut, and that essence of powerful, almost overpowering oak persists all the way through. Along the way, and amidst the resin and sawdust, the wine offers dark fruit, potency and flash. But the depth isn’t here, thus the wood stands out.
Rubber and berry aromas are solid if standard, while the palate has freshness and bounce along with cherry, raspberry and rubbery latex. Slight amounts of heat and bitterness show up on the finish, but overall this is an entirely functional young wine.
Tomato, bramble and a mild burnt stemminess don’t do much for the bouquet, while the plate is rubbery and young, with plum and basic berry flavors. Standard at best, with scratchy tannins and a dry, bitter finish of mocha and wood.