A big, spicy wine that layers smooth vanilla, dry tannins, and rich, ripe, powerful red fruit. The American oak used to age the Aragonês, the local name for Tinta Roriz or Tempranillo, gives the fruit just the lift it needs. —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.