This is a spicy, ripe, black-fruited wine with a distinct wood element. Despite being a blend of two naturally tannic grapes, the palate is surprisingly soft and rounded—a product of gentle winemaking as well as ripe, rich fruit. It could improve over the next year, but it is ready to drink now as well.
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.