From the Dão region in central Portugal, this is a wine that's on the lean, austere side, showing the granite soil of the area. It has tight, mineral tannins that ride above the black-currant fruits. With its reserva status, it certainly needs at least five years aging.
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.