Cherry red with violet nuances. Has a ripe fruit nose with floral tones. Full bodied wine, spicy and with a complex and long aftertaste.
Steve Tanzer 87 points - Red-ruby. Currant, cherry, tar, pepper and smoky oak on the nose. Lush, ripe and fairly dense, with flavors of red berries, spices and sweet oak. Finishes with fine-grained, dusty tannins and lingering sweetness.
Almost impossible to distinguish this nice and easy Garnacha from the winery’s Monte Oton label (also rated 89). Open berry and jam aromas keep it together, while the saturated, sweet blackberry palate is living proof of Campo de Borja’s sun and terroir. Ripe, deep and easy to enjoy. — M.S.
This firm red delivers ripe black cherry and boysenberry fruit backed by notes of smoke, mineral and herb. The tannins are well-integrated, and floral and smoke notes linger. Drink now through 2013. 15,000 cases imported. –TM
Another outstanding effort is the 2011 Tinto, a blend of 85% Grenache (called Garnacha in Spain) 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. And don’t complain that you can’t find any, as there are 15,000 cases available, and any wine retailer worth his weight should be stockpiling this wine next to the cash register. Its deep ruby/purple color 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. On taste alone, this beauty could easily sell for $30-50 a bottle. I suspect the case price might even be closer to $7 a bottle than its suggested retail price of $7.75! I don’t understand how anyone can make wines this good to sell at this price, but somehow importer Jorge Ordonez finds them. (Oct 2012)