The Alicante Bouschet grape's red juice has produced a wine of intensely dark color. The texture is creamy, and the flavors of berry and coffee are rounded. There is a fine touch of spice, although pepper from the alcohol does intrude.
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.