Wine of the Week #5 – 2011 Bodegas Borsao Tinto Selection (Spain)

2011 Bodegas Borsao Tinto Selection

Spain > Aragon > Campo de Borja

Where Purchased: Liquor Barn ($8).  Also spotted at Corner Wines

When I hear critics screaming amazing things about a certain wine, I generally tend to stay away.  Why?  Because the process is fairly predictable: critics go stark-raving-mad over a particular wine and say great things about it.  The public gobbles it up and the wine sells out.  Faced with such high demand, the winery cranks out as much as they can – dollar signs in their eyes.  Eventually wine quality goes down the toilet.

Thankfully, that has not been the case with this wine.

My intent was to leave this wine alone.  But when it started showing up everywhere – wine stores in several cities, restaurants in several places, my best friend’s cellar – I decided to give it a shot.  I’m glad I did.

Backstory:

2013-07-11 22.44.03Up until just a few years ago nobody had heard of Campo de Borja, the tiny region in northwest Spain where this wine is produced.  Then some wine critics came along and said a few nice things, making sure to mention what a tremendous value these wines are.  Suddenly, boom, people started tripping over themselves to find Campo de Borja wines. Primarily known for producing Garnacha (known as Grenache elsewhere), Campo de Borja has only been formally classified as a wine region since 1980 – practically yesterday by European wine standards.

Bodegas Borsao is one of the largest producers in the region.  Independently owned since 1958,  80% of their wine is exported, primarily to the US and other European nations, and wine critics in those regions have returned the favor by adorning their wines with praise.

My Take:

I cannot disagree with them. For $8, this wine is simply delicious.  Dry, fruity, and full-bodied, I could drink this one all day.  It pairs well with a variety of foods, but is good just for sipping too.  Serve this at a party and your friends will swear you paid a lot more for it!

Food Pairing:

This is a great summer wine.  Perfect for your cookouts, or just sipping on the porch, this wine will pair well with beef dishes or anything off the grill.  It might be too strong for fish, unless it’s strongly seasoned.

Technical Stuff:

Blend of 85% Garnache, 15% Tempranillo.  14% Alcohol.  Drink within 3 years.

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