Today’s #WineWednesday review is the 2011 Bodegas Borsao Garnacha Campo de Borja Tres Picos. This is a wine that has a (well -deserved) reputation for offering a lot of bang for the buck. The last vintage I tried was 2010, when it was one of the wines tasted in our wine-tasting club’s Wines of Spain Smackdown. That wine placed second among the eight wines we blind-tasted. So when I saw this at my local Costco for $13, I thought it was a great opportunity to check in on the 2011 vintage.
Bodegas Borsao specializes in Grenache. Aside from this wine they produce a couple of other bottlings of 100% Grenache, and a blend that is mostly (70%) Grenache.
The wine is made from 100% Garnacha (Grenache) sourced 35 to 60-year-old vines from the Campo de Borja (a.k.a “The Empire of Garnacha”) region located in Northern Spain. The wine was fermented in stainless steel. After fermentation, half the wine was aged 5 months in small French oak barrels (40% new) and the other half in stainless steel tank.
Ruby color with red fruit, leather and baking spice aromas. On the palate, it’s medium-bodied and supple with medium acidity and strawberry, cherry, a bit of plum and spice flavors. Medium+ finish.
Rating: B+: When I look for value, I look to Spain first, and this wine over-delivers at $13! Click here to find this wine.
Pair with: Paella Mixta, pulled pork sandwich, or grilled meats. And for my vegetarian friends – lentil or bean-based dishes.
Sample purchased for review
(A) – 94-97/Outstanding
(A-) – 90-93/Excellent
(B+) – 86-89/Very good
(B) – 80-85/Good
(C) – 70-79/Bleh
(D) – 50-69/#Fail
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