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It won’t be news to many of you that the wines from Bodegas Borsao are of absolutely fantastic quality and value – this has been backed up by umpteen Sommelier Wine Awards and reviews. Not for the first time, Robert Parker has sung their praises in Wine Advocate #203 (30th Oct 2012), with these rave recommendations for the Borsao portfolio …

 

This is a marvelous consumer resource for high quality wines selling at absurdly low prices. I often ask myself, if I had known wines like this existed when I began my career 33 years ago, would I have even considered trying to find great wines at low prices? This has been one of my ‘go-to’ wineries for many years, given their relationship between quality and price. Once you taste these wines, you will probably ask the same question many people have – why do I need to spend more? Bodegas Borsao, which was founded in 1958, owns 3,700 acres in what is one of the emerging, super quality, realistically priced wine regions of not only Spain, but all of Western Europe, Campo de Borja. The soils tend to be dominated by a white chalkiness with considerable alluvial gravel and pebbles.  The climate is continental, meaning extremely hot summers and cold winters with some influence from the nearby Ebro River. The vineyards are not old by Spanish standards, with most of the Grenache planted in the early 1980s, and the Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah in the late 1990s. Most of the wines see no oak, and are fermented and aged in stainless steel under strict temperature and quality conditions.Robert M Parker Jr 

 

 Borsao Seleccion Tinto 2011: “…a blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Tempranillo that is fermented and aged in stainless steel. Possibly the single greatest dry red wine value in the world, this is an unbelievable wine … any wine retailer worth his weight should be stockpiling this wine next to the cash register. Its deep ruby/purple colour is followed by classic aromas of kirsch liqueur intermixed with raspberries, loamy soil and flowers. This medium to full-bodied wine possesses remarkable depth, an expansive texture and wonderful freshness as well as purity… I don’t understand how anyone can make wines this good to sell at this price 90 points.”

 

 

 

Tres Picos 2010: One of my favourite offerings from the Bodegas Borsao… Made from 100% Garnacha aged in equal parts stainless steel and French oak, this is the Bodegas Borsao’s interpretation of Châteauneuf du Pape… Deep notes of roasted herbs, sweet black cherries and raspberries, peppers and spice soar from the glass of this dark ruby/purple-tinged wine. Full-bodied, rich, ripe, silky textured, pure and long, this unbelievable value should drink well for 3-4 years. 92 points.”

 

Borsao Seleccion Rosé 2011: “… a winner. Classic strawberry and framboise scents along with floral notes jump from the glass of this lovely effort. It has more body and power than is usually found in a dry rosé, as well as super amounts of fruit. I would not be surprised to see some tasters rate this wine even higher, especially when you consider the retail price… It’s mindboggling! 89 points.”

 

Viña Borgia 2011: “Completely fermented and aged in stainless steel, it exhibits black cherries, liquorice, underbrush and spice, a dense ruby colour, and lots of purity and glycerine. This gorgeous red should drink well for 1-2 years. 88 points.”

 

Borsao Seleccion White 2011: “…is made from 100% Macabeo (known in other parts of Spain as the indigenous grape Viura). It was fermented in stainless steel , spent three months in older French casks, and was then bottled to ensure its vibrancy and freshness. The 2011 reveals honeyed grapefruit and other citrus in a light-bodied, refreshing, crisp style. While not the most complex dry white one will find from Spain, it is a wonderful quaffer. This delicious, “don’t think about me” white wine should be consumed over the next year. 85 points.”

 

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