Escolha in Portuguese indicates an aged wine, and this solid, chunky red has obviously softened by wood and bottle aging. It has a velvet, warming texture, its black plum and berry fruits smoothing out the tannins. There is a great burst of juicy acidity to finish. Delicious to drink now, but worth aging.
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.