2007 Borsao Garnacha "Tres Picos" Campo de Borja

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90 (+?) points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky ruby. Highly complex bouquet of cherry, dark berry liqueur, iron, tobacco and dried flowers; reminded me a wine from Graves. Tangy cherry and cassis flavors are on the primal side initially but soften and gain sweetness with air. Fine tannins add grip to the long, spicy finish, which repeats the iron note. This is very promising." (Sept/Oct '08) "Tres Picos" by Borsao is arguably the most recognizable Spanish Garnacha on the market today, with Las Rocas being the other candidate. Why have these two wines separated themselves from the oceans of inexpensive Garnacha that come in tsunami-like waves from Spain? The answer is simple: consistency and drinkability. Year in and year out this is simply one of the most delicious wines out there, and also one of the most-requested by our customers.The 2007 vintage is playing right into their hands with its boisterous black raspberry fruit, mocha, charred wood and garrigue-like spice. While big and juicy this displays great openness and complexity of flavor for under $15. A continuation of the black raspberry found on the nose is presented in a bright, tangy way backed by finely ground white pepper, dried herbs and a warm clay-like earthiness. This wine is packed with flavor and it keeps coming throughout the meaty, iron rich finish. If you've liked this wine in the past you'll like it again. If you haven't had it, where have you been? (Bryan Brick, K&L)

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Grenache

- Fat, ripe and rich with ample fruit and vibrant acidity, wines made from Grenache are easy to love. While its origins are still under dispute - some suggest Spain, where it is called Garnacha, while others say it came first from Sardinia, where it is called Cannonau - it is inarguably one of the most planted varietals in the world. A hearty grape, Grenache does well in hot, dry regions and its sturdy stalk also makes it well-suited to withstand blustery conditions like the Provençal Mistral. It ripens at relatively high sugar levels, which translates to higher potential alcohol in the wines it produces. Grenache may be most famous in the Southern Rhône areas such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas where it has long been an important component of delicious blends. But it's also the source of the crisp rosés from Tavel, Lirac and Provence, and age-worthy vins doux naturels like Rivsaltes and Banyuls. Grenache is also found in large swaths of northeastern Spain, in Navarre, in Rioja, where it plays a supporting role in blends with Tempranillo, and in the distinctive wines of Priorat. The grape was once the most widely planted varietal in Australia, though Shiraz and Cabernet have overtaken it. In California, Grenache plantings have dwindled from their heyday in the San Joaquin Valley, but it is starting to see a resurgence, albeit in smaller plantings, where other Rhône varietals thrive.
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Spain

- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.