Chocolate and spice dominate this wine. It is very dry, very firm, extracted but intense, the fruit only slowly coming through the other flavors. A potentially impressive wine, from vineyards high up the Douro, this is worth aging 2–3 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.