Looking at the front label, one might assume this was another red blend table wine from the old word. But looking closely at the small print on the back label, you find that this wine is made from 100% Garnacha grapes. Imported to the U.S. by Jorge Ordoñez, it comes from Borja in “the heart of Aragon” which is known for it’s production of Garnacha wines.
Notes: I’ve noted a number of reviews from various sources mentioning “hot” flavors in wines. I can’t say that I’ve really experienced that myself – until now. This wine was very dark purple in the glass. On the nose I detected dark cherry, pepper, and a hint of earth. The body of this selection from Bodegas Borsao was quite light. Tannins were moderate, and acidity was high. Alcohol was at 14%. On the tongue I caught flavors of dark cherry with notes of black raspberry followed quickly by the heat I mentioned. No doubt attributable to it’s high acidity, the heat was similar to a mild jalapeño (the flesh, no seeds) without the actual flavor of said pepper. At the close this Garnacha presented a nice dose of black pepper with a dash of bitters and notes of pomegranate pulp and seed. The finish lingers. As high as this is in acidity, it will easily cut through when paired with food. I’d suggest something earthy and/or fatty. Maybe a nice hearty whole grain pasta with cream sauce (not tomato sauce) or roast lamb.