The relatively high alcohol of this wine shuts out the freshness. It does have ripe red berries and red plums, round in texture with a spicy tang. With its weight, it needs food.
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.