The name refers to the earth terraces, an essential hallmark of the Douro vineyards. The wine, a blend of Tinta Roriz and Touriga Franca, is relatively light, its character coming from the black currant fruits, the dark layer of tannins and the smoky oak aromas. It needs a year to be ready for drinking.
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