Garrafeira means a wine designed for cellaring. From this small 50-acre vineyard in Arraiolos in the the Alentejo, this powerful concentrated wine is a blend of Caberenet Sauvignon and Aragonês. Almost black in color., this is a hugely rich, almost impenetrable wine, with dark, tarry fruit and big solid tannins. With its dryness it is quite old fashioned, but the richness that comes from the fruit more than balances. —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.