The vines of Casal Branco are planted in what was once the falcon hunting grounds of the Portuguese kings—hence the name of this wine. It's a big, bold wine with flavors of mint and black fruit. It shows its wood aging in the smooth texture and touch of spice that give it a harmonious, rich aftertaste.
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.