Friday, April 20, 2012

Updated Rating: ***+ $$ Borsao Crianza Seleccion, Borja, Spain, 2006 - GOOD VALUE

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Initial review, by way of background, January, 2011: This is Borsao Crianza Seleccion, Borja, Spain, 2006, finished at 14.5% alcohol, a blend of 50% grenache, 25% tempranillo and 25% cabernet sauvignon, aged for 10 months in oak, then in bottle.

In the glass: Deep magenta throughout.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, this Spanish Crianza shows a full and thick nose of deep fruit and oak, with deep menthol overtones reminiscent of Aussie shiraz. 

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are surprisingly bright red berry fruit at first, settling to a more spicy, charcoal overtone on your tongue as the flash of red fruit fades.  This travels a long distance from the deep, thick nose to the bright, red palate.  Interesting. 

In summary: Overall, rates two stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a rather large plus because of the compelling nose, and the promise that the palate will settle in more with time or decanting.

Following long decant, one day kept cool in a partially filled bottle:  The nose has toned down, becoming more sandy and fruity.  The palate retains its red, spicy character, but more layered now, improving just enough to touch three stars with the long decant.

Updated review, over a year later,  April, 2012:   Consistent color.  The nose is more muted now, but carrying the same tones.  Bright, spicy, sweet, red and deep on the palate.  Gains a plus on its three stars for its big red nature - one of the biggest bright and layered reds I've met.  Now a good value, at six years from vintage date. Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle: Consistent nose, but has lost some of the depth in the palate.   Still bright and spicy. 

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