A touch disappointing for the effort to get it and the price. “3 Glasses” winner and certainly not bad, but maybe needs time to take the edge off the oak. Clear, mid-garnet without purple edges or brown oaky cover to red fruit nose. Not strong tanning, but quite fresh acidity and oaky flavours. Would probably match a Manchego-style cheese well.
[Drunk again in 2006 and this was MUCH improved: complexity, balance and a real pleasure to enjoy. Has life left; and I’ve 1 more bottle! :)]