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 Vintage2011 Label 1 of 12 
TypeRed
ProducerBodegas Borsao (web)
VarietyGarnacha
Designationn/a
Vineyardn/a
CountrySpain
RegionAragón
SubRegionn/a
AppellationCampo de Borja
OptionsShow variety and appellation
UPC Code(s)763159120035

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2012 and 2015 (based on 5 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 87 pts. and median of 88 pts. in 72 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Dan & Krista Stockman on 3/14/2015 & rated 90 points: Gorgeous. (237 views)
 Tasted by Keckes on 3/18/2014: To Larry (1567 views)
 Tasted by wineOK on 2/18/2014 & rated 88 points: Last 2011'. Very consistent. Will start trying the 2012s next. Fingers crossed for another excellent value from Borsao. (1562 views)
 Tasted by Escher Cellars on 12/29/2013 & rated 90 points: - Brick color and aromas of blackberry with a medium/full body. Fleshy texture - Unseemly smooth for a granache, very drinkable, excellent price! (1981 views)
 Tasted by wineOK on 12/2/2013 & rated 88 points: Only 1 bottle left of my 2011 case. Hope the 2012 vintage is as good. (2231 views)
 Tasted by KevinTucker on 11/30/2013 & rated 88 points: Exceptionally good value...fantastic second bottle of wine (2107 views)
 Tasted by wineOK on 10/20/2013 & rated 88 points: Drank at Flackes party (1628 views)
 Tasted by Baylorwine on 10/17/2013 & rated 90 points: Amazing QPR. (1331 views)
 Tasted by Dgames on 7/26/2013 & rated 90 points: Hard to believe I paid 5.99 for these. I have a case + of both the 2011 & 2012 version of this. The ultimate cellar protector everyday wine. Rich fruit, smooth tannins. Tastes like a $30 bottle to me. (1789 views)
 Tasted by winepog on 6/23/2013 & rated 89 points: Definitely improved when I left half a bottle in the refrigerator for two days.... (1805 views)
 Tasted by brottman on 6/23/2013 & rated 87 points: Opened up to a more complex taste with some cocoa and black pepper. (1864 views)
 Tasted by Mclaughlin.gp on 6/7/2013 & rated 88 points: Delicious for 8 bucks. Dry and fruity. (1710 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 5/26/2013 & rated 91 points: Bought a few bottles to try it and immediately bought a case. Lush vanilla and cherries, great mouth, nice finish. Excellent price point (1798 views)
 Tasted by jhgellner on 5/23/2013 & rated 89 points: Love this wine. Cherry cognac fruit spice bliss. Perfect sipper for parties. Unbelievable QPR, $8 for this garnet gem! (1294 views)
 Tasted by ocperu on 5/16/2013 & rated 88 points: Solid bottle of vino. Incredible QPR for $7. (1239 views)
 Tasted by deBare on 5/15/2013 & rated 85 points: Bought two bottles based on Robert Parker and local wine consultant. Okay for $15 bottle of wine but was expecting more based on the rave reviews. Seemed very young ... maybe a year more in the bottle will bring out some of the characteristics.
The wine looks Crimson colored. The legs are Medium. The body is Medium. The wine has Smooth texture. The wine finishes Medium. (1224 views)
 Tasted by Jason Rzutkiewicz on 5/5/2013 & rated 86 points: (14%) 85% Garnacha, 15% Tempranillo – Big, dark, hefty and concentrated fruits but with extra “layers” lurking behind. These layers include earthy, floral, bitter and spicy notes that you don’t find in many wines this price ($8). Certainly still a big wine but with the structure to manage it. I already bought another.

Wine Geek Notes: A Jorge Ordonez selection, aged in stainless steel, 15,000 cases made (1274 views)
 Tasted by Rezy13 on 5/3/2013: Always pleasantly surprised how good this sub-$10 is. Varietally correct. (1150 views)
 Tasted by hackey37 on 4/18/2013 & rated 90 points: The color is ruby and deeply hued but translucent. The aromas are blackberry and strawberry, vanilla, red licorice, and tary earthy smells. The taste is remarkable for the price. The tastes are blackberry, cherry, tar, spice, tea, and licorice. The wine is light bodied with dusty tannins, and nice acidity. There is some heat on the shortish finish. (1389 views)
 Tasted by Yankee on 4/12/2013 & rated 89 points: On the nose there's black cherries, dark chocolate, stewed plums & a herbaceousness ~ The palate is big bodied & round with supple tannins sneaking in & flavours of strawberry, black liquorice, cherries & cola ~ Delicious & great value (1258 views)
 Tasted by MarkC1217 on 4/5/2013: Good, everyday drinking wine (1333 views)
 Tasted by JR_Boston on 3/8/2013 & rated 87 points: Good, fruity, little spicy. Very nice for the price point. (1470 views)
 Tasted by cortisj2 on 3/5/2013 & rated 89 points: Very nice middle of the road Garnacha compared to the previews reviews. Solid, Pours a deep garnet with a somewhat spicy, peppery nose. I get some fruit on the palate notes of raspberries, cherry some tannins in the long smooth finish. Solid. Spicy red wine style. Would buy again for 7$. (1311 views)
 Tasted by javi777 on 2/9/2013 & rated 88 points: Good garnacha, although I find the Tres Picos bottle from the same producer more interesting. (1411 views)
 Tasted by Rezy13 on 2/1/2013 & rated 88 points: Dark, purple color; nose of sweet, tangy berries; ripe, roasted fruit on the palate, fig; sweet and satisfying. A steal for this price point! (1398 views)
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Bodegas Borsao

Producer website

Imported in California by The Henry Wine Group, Benicia, California.

Garnacha

Wikipedia: In Spain, Grenache is known as Garnacha and given the likely history of the grape this is most likely the grape's original name. There are several clonal varieties of Garnacha with the thin-skinned, dark colored Garnacha Tinta (sometimes spelled Tinto) being the most common. Another variety, known as Garnacha Peluda or "Hairy Grenache" due to the soft softly hairy texture on the underside of the vine's leaves is also found in Spain, mostly in Borja and Cariñena (Aragón). Compared to its more widely planted cousin, it produces wines lower in alcohol and higher in acidity that show spicy and savory notes more readily as they age.[11] Widely planted in northeastern and central Spain, Garnacha was long considered a "workhorse" grape of low quality suitable for blending. In the late 20th century, the success of the Garnacha based wines from Priorat in Catalonia (as well as the emerging international attention given to the New World Rhone Rangers) sparked a re-evaluation of this "workhorse" variety. Today it is the third most widely planted red grape variety in Spain (behind Tempranillo and Bobal) with more than 203,300 acres (82,300 ha) and is seen in both varietal wines and blends.[3]

Garnacha plays a major role in the Denominación de Origen Calificada (DOC/DOQ) wines of Rioja and Priorat and the Denominación de Origen (DO) wines of Navarra and all southern Aragonese and southern Catalonian appellations, plus the mountainous areas just southwest of Madrid: Méntrida and Cebreros. In Rioja the grape is planted mostly in the warmer Rioja Baja region located in the eastern expanse of the wine region. Usually blended with Tempranillo, Garnacha provides juicy fruitiness and added body. In recent years, modern Rioja producers have been increasing the amount of Garnacha used in the blend in order to produce earlier maturing and more approachable Riojas in their youth. Garnacha is also used in the pale colored rosados of Rioja.[3] The vine has a long history in the Navarra region where it has been the dominant red grape variety with nearly 54% of the region's vineyard planted with Garnacha. Compared to neighboring Rioja, the Garnacha-based blends of Navarra are lighter and fruitier, meant for earlier consumption.[5]

Spain

Vinos de España - Wines of Spain (Instituto Español de Comercio Exterior) | Wikipedia

Spain is the third largest wine producing nation in the world, occupying the majority of the Iberian Peninsula with vast diversity in climate, culture, and of course, wine. From inky, dark reds of the [Priorat] to dry, white Finos from Andalusia, Spain can easily boast of elaborating a wide variety of notable styles. Within Spain there are currently 62 demarcated wine regions, of which a handful have gained international recognition: [Rioja], Priorat and [Ribera del Duero]. Yet these regions are only a small sample of the high quality wines Spain produces. Regions such as Cava, Penedes, Somontano, Galicia, Rueda and Jerez are only a few of the numerous regions worthy of exploration throughout Spain. Spain can also lay claim to having the most land under vine in the world, growing up to, by some accounts, 600 indigenous varietals of which Tempranillo is their most well known. Other popular varietals include [Garnacha], Bobal and Monastrell for reds and for whites; the infamous Palomino Fino grape which is used in the production of sherry wine, Pedro Ximenez in Montilla Morilles, Albarino used in the creation of the bright, effervescent wines of Galicia, and Verdejo in Rueda. - Source: - Catavino.net

Spain is not in the forefront of winemaking for its dessert wines, other than for its sweet wines from Sherry country including the highly revered Olorosos and Amontillados. But apart from Sherry Spain has a range of styles of dessert wines, ranging from the those made from the Pedro Ximenez grape primarily in Jerez and Montilla-Moriles) to luscious, red dessert wines made in the Mediterranean from the Garnacha (Grenache) grape. Some good Moscatels are made in Mallorca, Alicante and Navarre. The northwest corner of Spain, Galicia, with its bitter Atlantic climate, is even making dessert wines, called “Tostadillos” in the village of Ribadivia (similar to France’s “Vin de Paille”). The Canary Islands have made interesting dessert wines for centuries (they are mentioned by Shakespeare, for example) and in recent years the quality of winemaking has been improved and the Canary Islands wines are being better marketed now. The winemaking styles for “Vinos Dulces” are also diverse, from “Late Harvest” (Vendimia Tardía) to “Fortified Wines” (Fermentación Parcial). Based on in-spain.info.

Aragón

Aragon (wikipedia)

Campo de Borja

DO Campo de Borja

 
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