Roger Voss

European Editor

Reviews wines from Portugal and France.

Roger Voss is a veteran wine and food author, and a journalist and has been writing about wine and food for the past 25 years. His books include France: A Feast of Food and Wine; The Wines of the Loire; Pocket Guide to the Wines of the Loire, Alsace and the Rhône; and Fortified Wines. He is based in Bordeaux, France, and reviews the wines of Portugal and France (except for Rhône and Languedoc-Roussillon).

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Casa Ferreirinha 2004 Barca Velha Red (Douro)

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This is the latest release of Portugal’s most iconic wine. It’s made only in selected years (the last vintage was 2000) from Ferreira’s Quinta da Leda in the Douro Superior. This new vintage is superb. It’s a richly tarry wine laden with dark plum fruits and tannins that are just beginning to mature. It’s a ripe and luscious, demanding attention, yet will still age…  — R.V.  (8/1/2014)
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Taylor Fladgate 1964 Very Old Single Harvest Port (Port)

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Properly old gold in color, this is a wine from a single year, aged in casks. It’s poised between amazing fruit and a wonderful velvet texture that is shot through with acidity. A feeling of lightness comes from the acidity that gives great freshness as well as complex flavors. It’s ready to drink.  — R.V.  (8/1/2014)
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Companhia das Quintas 2011 Quinta do Cardo Grande Escolha Red (Beira Interior)

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One of the strengths of cool Beira Interior is that it produces powerful wines without the attendant alcohol of warmer climates. That’s apparent with this intense, dark wine. Blending Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz, the dense and brooding wine with its rich blackberry fruitiness alongside dry, mineral tannins is a study in concentration and needs to age. Drink…  — R.V.  (8/1/2014)
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Quinta do Vesuvio 2011 Red (Douro)

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This is an immense wine, seriously ageworthy and still very young. It is powered by the dark tannins and concentrated fruits that come from the old vines at this iconic quinta. Dark, brooding, still with its wood aging up front, this needs to age for many years. Drink from 2019.  — R.V.  (8/1/2014)
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Joseph Mellot 2012 La Grande Cuvée des Edvins Sauvignon Blanc (Pouilly-Fumé)

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The top Pouilly Fumé from Joseph Mellot is a complex wine with rich, rounded fruits touched by wood aging. Yellow fruits dominate, given a further lift by apple acidity and a smoky flavor. Delicious now, it’s a powerful wine that could age further, so keep until 2015.  — R.V.  (8/1/2014)
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Companhia das Quintas 2011 Quinta de Pancas Grande Escolha Red (Lisboa)

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Big, black and juicy, it manages to be both dense and structured and freshly fruity at the same time. With this combination promising great things, the wine is ripe and fragrant. The dark color from the Petit Verdot in the blend follows through to the firm texture while allowing room for refreshing juiciness. Drink from 2017.  — R.V.  (8/1/2014)
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Herdade da Malhadinha Nova 2011 Malhadinha Tinto Red (Alentejano)

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This richly fruity wine has poise and elegance as well as a powerful structure. A light herbal character brings out the juicy fruits as well as a mint flavor. The wine is ripe although with its serious tannic element, it does need to age. Drink from 2017.  — R.V.  (8/1/2014)
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Quinta de la Rosa 2011 La Rosa Reserva Red (Douro)

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Powerful and tannic, this is a dense and complex wine. Made from selected barrels, it is structured as well as rich in fruit. Blackberry flavors come through the dry tannins and give acidity as well as ripeness. It’s a wine that will need time; don’t drink before 2017.  — R.V.  (8/1/2014)
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