A taut, elegant wine that expresses the stark landscape of the Douro very well. It shows a stony, rocky character at first, but then ripe berry fruits come through, with fine intensity and concentration. The wine finishes with bright acidity. For aging—give it 3–4 years.
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.