Master Portmaker Dirk Niepoort seems also to excell at table wines. Dark and purple in color, it is filled with great black fruits, with blackberries and huge dark wood tastes. Smoky flavors combine with dark raisins and big fruits. Well-balanced, despite the high alcohol (14.5%), it is a stunning wine. —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.