This entry-level wine from Quinta do Vallado includes purchased grapes in the blend. The latest vintage has stalky, chewy fruit, acidity, solid tannins. Spice and pepper liven up the simple red fruits.
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.