A big, rich, well integrated wine, showing solid tannins and huge black-fruit flavors, along with some spice from 12 months aging in new French oak. The Touriga Nacional in the blend (50%) dominates, with its restrained power and elegance. —R.V.
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.