This entry level wine from top Douro estate Quinta do Vallado is soft and full of red berry fruits that are laced with firm, solid tannins. It has weight and concentration, the ripe fruits balanced by a fresher side to the wine. With its tannins and touches of wood aging, it needs to age a few months. Drink from 2016.
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.