Sunday, December 16, 2012

Review: *** $$ Borsao Berola, Campo de Borja, Spain, 2008

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Borsao does a range of mostly garnache-based Spanish wines from the Campo de Borja region.  Here we are sampling a mid-range offering, which is a garnache-dominated blend.

Original tasting and review, August, 2011: This is Borsao Berola, Campo de Borja, Spain, 2008, finished at 14.5% alcohol.  It is a blend of 70% garnache (grenache), 20% syrah and 10% cabernet sauvignon.  The wine has spend 10 months in French and American oak barrels.

In the glass:  Borsao Berola is deep blood magenta in the glass, opaque within a half in from the edge.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows full, sweet, rich and oaky dark fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be grainy, fruity and bold.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact bright, dark and full of purple grit and currants, with a raspberry-esque finish that keeps a purple, prickly light on in your cheeks for awhile. 

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

Updated review, almost a year and a half later,  December, 2012:  Consistent color and sweet, dark aromatics.  Grainy, brambly raspberry on the palate, with a pleasing depth.  Soft, prickly finish of red berries with a touch of charry pepper.

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