The wine has a rustic character, earthy and unbalanced, with a strong pepper flavor from an alcoholic kick. Red fruit tones show strongly, while the tannins give a hard, tough edge. Oak aging adds a smoky character on the finish.
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.