Borsao Selection, 2004
This is a new release from Bodegas Borsao in the Borja region of Spain. This red is a blend of 50% Granache, 25% Tempranillo and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine was aged for 10 months in French and American oak then stored for 14 months in the bottle before being released. The bottle has a distinctive orange label and a real cork closure. On the nose there is the sweet aroma of blackberries, plums and gram cracker crust. The color is a lovely purple with red highlights. This is a medium bodied wine that explodes in your mouth with sweet fruit flavors of raspberries, cherries and pomegranate. The use of these three grape varieties created a harmonious blend. The mixed berry flavors with hints of wheat and spice, make this wine very appealing. The tannins are well submerged and the acidity and alcohol level (14%) are under control. This is yet another example of a "New World" Spanish red that should be very popular. I bought this at Pete's Wine Shop, in Bellevue, for about $10. Very nice.