Borsao Seleccion, 2005
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. This wine is imported by Elliot Bay Distibuting, of Seattle, and is one of the many great wines exported by Jorge Ordonez. He is perhaps the most influential exporter of Spanish wines to emerge in the last few decades, tapping into the quality and value of the less-traveled regions of Spain such as Toro, Campo de Borja, Montsant, and Jumilla, as well as the Ribera del Duero, Rioja, and Priorat. From the ultra-expensive to the great values he has discovered and facilitated the revival of some tremendous old-vine Grenache (Garnacha) and Tempranillo vineyards that had lain dormant or unloved for decades. As a result, there is now an amazing resurgence of Spanish wine in the international marketplace. Last April we had the 2004 vintage of the Borsao Seleccion and really enjoyed it. This new release is even better. This is a wine with a deep ruby color with purple highlights. On the nose is the aroma of fresh raspberries, blackberries and some toasty oak. This is a wine of nice complexity and depth. It is a medium bodied wine with flavors of blackberry jam, plums, cherries and spice. There are well integrated tannins and ample acidity to keep it fresh, smooth and very “food friendly”. This wine strikes me as a perfect blend of a new world fruit forward Granacha with a classic California style Cabernet. The finish is long and smooth with lingering vanilla and cocoa. This wine is available at Pete’s Wine Shop, in Bellevue, for about $13. I will not be surprised if this wine makes the Wine Spectator “Top 100” list. This is another great value wine from Spain.