Alvarinho, the northern Portuguese grape, doesn't always translate well further south. This wine shows it's possible. It has the crispness of the cool climate while bringing out a rounder, full character that suggests sun. Well balanced and worth aging a year.
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.