This is the most recent release of Reserva Especial, a wine made in exceptional years that are not quite exceptional enough for the legendary Barca Velha. It is rich, tarry, a supreme wine, now maturing with secondary dried fruit, spice and brooding tannins. It could go for many more years.
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.