The name, Al-Ria, at the seaside, is a reflection of the importance of the beach culture to this region. The wine has a cool, minty character although its black fruits are ripe and full. It is rich with berry flavors, warm tannins and a dry firm aftertaste. Drink now although the wine will soften.
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.