Producer Details Bodegas Borsao was establised in 2001 and is a collection of three of the most progressive co-operative cellars in the Campo de Borja zone southeast of Rioja. Grapes come from 620 member growers covering 2,500 hectares, nearly a third of the region's total. Vineyards lie in the undulating foothills of the Moncayo mountain, up to 700m above sea level. In this rather severe and arid climate, with hot dry days and cool nights, Garnacha thrives and represents 70% of total production. New varieties such as Syrah, Tempranillo, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon have also adapted well to this rugged and stony terrain. The entry level Borsao varietals, as you might expect from a well-equipped cellar of this size, are outstanding examples of easy-to-drink inexpensive wines. Increasingly though, Borsao are becoming better known for their premium wines, in particular the iconic, multi award winning Tres Picos.
In the Vineyard The grapes come from vineyards that are between 35 and 40 years old. Located on uneven terrain at an altitude of 600 to 700 metres, these vineyards yield under four and a half tons of grape per hectare. Harvesting by hand early October
In the Winery Fermentation in stainless steel tanks at a temperature between 25ºC and 30ºC with 21 days maceration on skins. Maturation for 10 months in French oak barriques.
Press Quotes 2005 Vintage: "This remarkably hedonistic wines has been a perennial Best Buy in the pages of this journal. The 2005 Tres Picos Garnacha is purple coloured with a cherry-scented nose that roars from the glass. It is intensely fruity, with terrific depth and concentration, oodles of sweet fruit and terrific length. This wine which can be likened to cherry pie in a glass, is awesome value. 91 points." Robert Parkers Wine Advocate Issue 169