A dark, brooding wine that reflects the hard soils of the Douro. The tannins are firm, dominant, although there is also some potentially deliciously ripe fruit as well, which needs another few months' aging. The structure is solid, foursquare, with acidity giving a final black currant lift.
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.