A blend of grapes from Poças's two estates, here is a firmly structured, ageworthy wine. It has power, certainly, but that power is restrained by tannins, acidity and a firm, dry center. There is spice from the wood aging, along with a touch of pepper from alcohol. Keep for 4–5 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.