Wednesday, June 17, 2009

**+ $$ Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha (Grenache), Borja, Spain - Wine Review and Rating

Further explore Spanish wine

Original Review, November, 2007:

This is a Spanish grenache wine, harvested from old vines at a very low yield, two tons per acre - comparable to some of the lowest-yielding Napa vineyards. Still, this is available at a value price.

In the glass, this 2005 shows as a young, intense wine - deep, opaque red/black/purple. Aromas are quite intense, spilling from the glass. They speak of cherry candy-canes and a hint of oak.

Flavors of plums and bright cherry are the first notes on the palate, resolving to a modest finish that is more of acid than tannins. Sort of a toned-down, less sweet version of the Artazuri Garnacha, which I liked a bit better. I'll give this two stars out of five, since I wouldn't run out to buy another, but I'll add a plus for the appealing aroma and the possibility that it will open up a bit with additional airing.

Robert Parker was even more enthusiastic than I, giving the Borsao Tres Picos 91 points and writing, "This remarkably hedonistic wine has been a perennial Best Buy in the pages of this journal. The 2005 Tres Picos Garnacha is purple-colored with a cherry-scented nose that roars from the glass. It is intensely fruity, with terrific depth and concentration, oodles of sweet fruit, and terrific length. This wine, which can be likened to cherry pie in a glass, is an awesome value. Drink it over the next 1-2 years."

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Updated Review, May, 2009: This is still almost opaque in the glass, purple edges have not yet begun to brick. Aromas, still potent, have begun to "mush" a bit, more like muddled red cherry plus pea soup.

Sweetness and bright fruit have mostly drained from the palate, leaving a more subdued experience, except for the alcohol and raspberry acids. These lift everything, though not in my favorite way. I believe this peaked at my two stars plus rating - and it seems to be falling off with age, having just passed Robert Parker's recommendation that it be enjoyed within the first two year or so of its life.

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