This is powerful stuff. Its high alcohol does show in the pepper edge. Happily, the bold black fruits and acidity also give the wine a fresher side. The structure and the fruits are generous and dense. This rich wine is ready to drink.
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.