The 172-acre Quinta do Valdoeiro is just outside Mealhada in the Bairrada region. This wine is made from the Douro grape, Touriga Nacional, rather than the local Baga. It has a dark purple color and yeasty, toasty aromas. The palate is dark and withdrawn, with powerful toast flavors and black fruits. —R.V.
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.