Hugely black in color, a big-hearted wine that tames the rustic Alicante Bouschet character to produce a densely tannic, spice and damson fruit driven wine. There is perhaps just a touch too much extraction, but there is no question about the force of the wine.
Roger Voss covers Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire and South-West France as well as Portugal. His passion is matching food with wine, bringing the pleasures of the table to wine lovers. He has written six books on wine and food, and was previously national correspondent on wine for the London Daily Telegraph. He is based in the Bordeaux region.