A large-scale producer situated in northern Spain about 200 miles west of Barcelona, Borsao has been cranking out value wines for at least 20 years. One of their most popular releases sold in the US for about $4 about ten years ago, but now Borsao is upgrading their wines and image with Tres Picos made in Campo de Borja, Zaragoza (Aragon). Located in the northeast, Campo de Borja was classified as a DO (Denominacion de Origen) in 1980, but its land has been under vine since the Romans. By the 13th century it had become systematically farmed by the Cistercian monks of Monasterio de Veruela. Once you taste it you will know why it’s been so popular for so long. A truly excellent quaff for the money, this Grenache blend is made with high-altitude fruit grown in the shadow of the Pyrenees where the grapes are able to achieve complexity, balance and deep flavor.
Flavor Profile: Full medium-bodied, dry. This 100% Grenache (Garnacha) starts with a big nose of candied plum and Mirabelle with notes of mint and cola. While the nose is sweet and fruity, the palate has a solid core of black fruit, ripe red berries, pepper, and a nice shot of acidity and tannin. The dry and structured finish has pleasant notes of earth and raspberry. Pair with BBQ meats, lamb roasts, garlic sausage, bean casseroles.
Deep and sweet, Tres Picos Borsao is cherry red in colour with a hint of purple tones. In the nose, there is a boundless bouquet of mature red fruits with traces of flowers that are typical of the best Garnachas. In the mouth, it is rich and well-structured simultaneously conveying flavours of blackberries, strawberries and tones of leather, vanilla and plums. Perfectly combined with a sweet and pleasant tannin, Tres Picos Borsao leaves us with a long, silky and balanced finish.
This rich red is brimming with raspberry jam, chocolate, licorice and wild herb flavors. Firm tannins are well-integrated and buoyed by orange peel acidity. A lively modern style. Drink now through 2015. 5,000 cases imported. –TM
One of my favorite offerings from the Bodegas Borsao is the 6,000-case cuvee of the 2010 Tres Picos. Made from 100% Garnacha aged in equal parts stainless steel and French oak, this is the Bodegas Borsao?s interpretation of Chateauneuf du Pape. (But when?s the last time you saw a bottle of Chateauneuf du Pape priced at $17 ? about 30 years ago?) Deep notes of roasted herbs, sweet black cherries and raspberries, peppers and spice soar from the glass of this dark ruby/purple-tinged wine. Full-bodied, rich, ripe, silky textured, pure and long, this unbelievable value should drink well for 3-4 years.
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