2009 Bodegas Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha

Year: 2009
Appellation: Campo de Borja
Country: Spain
Wine Spectator: 88
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 91
Red Wine
Price :
$12.95
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"Toasty vanilla frames cherry, blackberry and cocoa flavors in this fresh red, which has light tannins and a spicy finish. Quite sleek, showing plenty of personality. Drink now through 2012. 5,000 cases imported." (WS)

"The 2009 Tres Picos is a worthy successor to the string of splendid vintages which have preceded it. Heady black cherry and blackberry aromas, Asian spices, incense, and mineral notes lead to a dense, layered, rich old-vine Garnacha that over-delivers in a big way. A tasting of every vintage of Tres Picos ever produced (back to 2001) at the Bodega in January 2011 indicates that 8-10 years of pleasurable drinking is a reasonable expectation. However, this is a wine that is ready to drink on release.

Bodegas Borsao has long been known for high quality value-priced wines and the current releases are no exception." (WA)

"($17; aged half in stainless steel and half in French barriques Glass-staining ruby. An explosive, flamboyantly perfumed bouquet exudes scents of blackberry, cherry cola, violet and cracked pepper, plus a hint of smokiness. Deeply pitched flavors of dark fruits and candied flowers remind me of syrah, but red fruit notes emerge with air, confirming that this is garnacha, not syrah. Intense, focused and impressively persistent on the finish, which echoes the sweet red and dark fruit notes and leaves a subtle smoky quality. This serious wine should be even better in a couple of years." (IWC)

"When I wrote up the last vintage of this awesome Spanish Garnacha, I compared it to a fine northern Rhone. If anything, the 2009 vintage is even better than the 2008. I’ve mentioned this several times, but if you are looking for value in the $8-15 range, start with Spain and especially their Grenache/Garnacha. It’s difficult to find better drinking wines for the price.

Bodegas Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha is not subtle but it is balanced. This wine is made for the pleasure seeker. It’s aged half in stainless and half in oak so you get a nice freshness with the added rich texture from the oak. That said, the oak influence is definitely not prominent compared to many Spanish Garnacha which use strongly flavored new American Oak.

Finding any 91 point red under $15 is rare. When you do find one, it’s sometimes an anomaly. That’s what is so great about Tres Picos – this wine has been rated over 90 points for the last several vintages. It’s great to make a list of “go to” wines and I can officially add one more to mine!" (Nickel & Dime)

THIS $12.95 SPANISH GRENACHE WAS A REAL WINNER IN ’08, WELL IT’S EVEN BETTER IN ’09 “A DON’T MISS RED!!” 2009 TRES PICOS BORSAO GARNACHA

This is the third time I’ve recommended a vintage of this excellent, bargain-priced (but not bargain quality) Grenache (Granacha) from the Tres Picos winery in the Campo de Borga area in Aragon near Calatayud. In addition, this ’09 may be the best yet, which is saying quite a lot. For here is a wine that ranks among the best red wines in the world selling for under $15 (let alone its discount price of $12.95).

I can do no better then quote Robert Parkers notable Spanish wine reviewed when he ranks this winner a 92 and writes, “The 2009 Tres Picos is a worthy successor to the string of splendid vintages which have preceded it. Heady black cherry and blackberry aromas, Asian spices, incense, and mineral notes lead to a dense, layered, rich old-vine Garnacha that over-delivers in a big way. A tasting of every vintage of Tres Picos ever produced (back to 2001) at the Bodega in January 2011 indicates that 8-10 years of pleasurable drinking is a reasonable expectation. However, this is a wine that is ready to drink-on-release.” Parker’s reviewer goes on to state, that, “Bodegas Borsao has long been known for high quality value-priced wines and the current releases are no exception!”

If I have a slight disagreement it is that the wines is even more approachable then he now indicates and I question if it will keep in top shape for 9 years, my guess is more like 4 to 6 (which is not a big deal in either case). The grapes selected for this wine our old vine Grenache planted on vineyards that cling to the rugged terrain on the slopes of the Moncayo mountains. Yields are quite low being less then two tons an acre, which adds to the richness and quality of this fine wine.

I would be hard pressed to think of a better red, in this price range, to place in you cellar if you have a need and the room for a modest priced fellow, that’s’ ideal for everyday good drinking.

RATING: 91/92 (compared to other red wines under $15 it well deserves a 96).

PRICE: $12.95, ****bargain

WHERE: Los Angeles Wine Co. near Marina-del-Rey (Culver City)

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Winery Notes:
Deep and sweet, Tres Picos Borsao is cherry red in colour with a hint of purple tones. In the nose, there is a boundless bouquet of mature red fruits with traces of flowers that are typical of the best Garnachas. In the mouth, it is rich and well-structured simultaneously conveying flavours of blackberries, strawberries and tones of leather, vanilla and plums. Perfectly combined with a sweet and pleasant tannin, Tres Picos Borsao leaves us with a long, silky and balanced finish.