Bodegas Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha 2019

Deep ruby color; plum, blackberry, strawberry, black cherry, vanilla, leather, red grapefruit, pepper, orange zest, smoke, menthol on the nose and palate.

Bodegas Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha 2019

Dry; mild, supple tannins and acidity. Medium body. Fruit-forward with a savory finish. Pleasant mouthfeel. Very versatile wine. Smooth. You get the expected higher alcohol from a pure garnacha play, but the fruitiness and smoothness keeps the alcohol influence in check. 15% ABV

Bodegas Borsao is located in Aragón, where garnacha originated. The grape owes its development throughout Europe to the strength of the Kingdom of Aragón, whose expansion helped garnacha to be planted in the 19th century in the Rhône Valley, Italy, and Sardinia. Garnacha/granache is one of the most planted red varieies in the world. Other names for garnacha/grenache include: alicante, aragonés, cannonau, garnaccho negro, garnacha negra, garnacha roja, garnacha tinta, tintilla, toledana,  uva di spagna. During the 1980s and 1990s, it was extensively uprooted in Spain. It was, however, preserved in Aragón, as represented by this effort.

Bodegas Borsao winery (website landing page)

Bodegas Borsao is a cooperative. It started in 1958 as the Cooperative of Borja. Borsao is the brand of the cooperative. After its creation, the cooperatives of Pozuelo and Tabuenca joined. In 2001, the new company formed Bodegas Borsao S.A. with more than 700 members. Currently, the cooperative includes more than 375 winegrowers and operates from new, modern facilities in Zaragoza. Exports represent 80% of the cooperative’s sales.

Bodegas Borsao fermentation room

The garnacha grapes come from mountain vineyards 35-60 years old at elevations more than 2,000 feet. Up to three weeks maceration. Fermentation occurs in temperature-controlled stainless steel, followed by five months of aging in new French oak.

Bodegas Borsao bottle aging

Bodegas Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha 2019 is tasty, fruit-forward, lower-tannin and acidity, rich presentation of garnacha from where the grape developed in northeastern Spain—Zaragosa. Produced by a major Spanish cooperative with more than 375 winegrowers. The co-op is a major exporter of Spanish wine with wide distribution and availability. Excellent value-for-price. Pair with beef, particularly roasted; smoked brisket and other smoked meats; beef and pork casseroles; barbecued meats—beef, pork, chicken; lamb; pasta dishes with tomato sauce; chicken and turkey; sausage; stews and soups—Hungarian goulash; venison; rabbit; spicy food; shepard’s pie; chili; lasagna. Cheese—goat cheese; camembert, manchego, Pairs well with many cheeses and cured meats, excellent choice for charcuterie board. $15-20

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