The Cabernet on its own doesn't succeed as well as it does in the blend with Tinta Miúda. Although there are juicy black-currant aromas, the fruit is slightly green, with herbs and dry tannins. At this stage, wood tannins come through and dominate. Given time, it could develop. —R.V.
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.