Saturday, November 7, 2009

Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha, 2007

Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha, 2007

This wine is imported by Elliot Bay Distributing, of Seattle, and is one of the many great wines exported from Spain 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 laid dormant or neglected for decades. As a result, there is now an amazing resurgence of Spanish wine in the international marketplace. The Tres Picos is produced form old vine Garnacha on the slopes of the Moncayo Mountains in The Campo de Borja region of Northern Spain. This vintage of Tres Picos has a dark ruby color that is nearly opaque. There is a lovely bouquet of black cherry, raspberry jam, citrus peel and violets. This wine has a lush mouth-feel with dark berry fruit, cassis, mineral notes and fine dusty tannins. This is a juicy, full bodied wine with gripping acidity and a long, fruity finish. There are some underlying spice and herbal notes that complete the package. There is no evidence of oak on the profile. We have been enjoying Tres Picos Garnacha for the past 5 vintages and the 2007 does not disappoint. This delicious modern red wine, from Spain, can be found in the Seattle are for under $15. Seek this out.

1 comment:

Las Rocas Source said...

Many old world wines are products of centuries of horticultural traditions, which is quite incredible to think about. Our Las Rocas wine, just to give an example, is produced by Bodegas San Alejandro, a regional cooperative of family grape-growers in the Calatayud region of Spain. The Garnacha grape orginated not far from there, so the vines produce a somewhat different fruit from the ones where the grape was brought it (i.e. new world wines).