Despite the high alcohol, the wine shows some of the balance of Touriga Nacional. The richness is tempered with acidity, the bursts of black fruit stiffened by tannins. Worth aging another six months to a year.
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.