The high alcohol spoils this wine. It gives too much richness, pepper and immense superripe fruits. The wine is of course very full, very rich and with dense tannins. It lacks balance.
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.