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Item: #378524
Bottle Size:750ML

The Bodegas Alto Moncayo, along with its sister property El Nido in Jumilla, combines the talents of local growers and winemakers with Australia’s super-star winemaker, Chris Ringland. Read More...
The partnership has the ability to cherry-pick the best parcels of old vine Garnacha from Borsao’s extensive holdings in the region, nearly 2,000 acres. “Veraton” is a hedonistic wine. Look for a nose of incredible intensity showing Asian five spice powder, ginger, boysenberry, cedar and toasty oak. The palate fills out with luscious fruit that can only be described as a “bowl full of black cherries.” The exotic spiciness of the nose also follows through on the palate with hints of cardamom, cinnamon and brown sugar. There is a thread of acidity enlivening it all thanks to the high-altitude of Moncayo's range. Don’t wait for the score on this one.
Item: #381923
Bottle Size:750ml

Tiny production at only about 300 cases a year. From the notes above you will see the Alto Moncayo wines are modern, expressive, flashy wines. The "Aquillon" takes it all to the Read More...
next level with a fruit density that is simply amazing. Robert Parker's own notes from a recent tasting of the 2006 and 2007 Aquilon add, "About as concentrated a Grenache as I have ever tasted, it eclipses the old vine Grenaches of southern France in terms of its pure power, richness and density." (From Parker’s “Hedonist’s Gazette, May 2011
Item: #377592
Bottle Size:750ml

ROBERT PARKER 95 POINTS - “ I tasted these ten vintages [2002 – 2011] of Alto Moncayo in September, and I was blown away by how well they were showing. Read More...
I tend to drink Alto Moncayo during its first 5-6 years of life. Although I was sure they had aging potential, I did not realize just how much longevity these wines possess. Not one of these ten vintages was close to full maturity. For example, the 2002 is still a young wine. Most reveal a lot of licorice, lavender, kirsch liqueur, black currant and blackberry fruit. . . .The two most recent vintages, 2010 and 2011, were both late, cooler years and both have turned out to be sexy wines. I suspect that in many ways, 2011 will behave like 2006, being precocious and delicious, but not as long-lived as some of its siblings. These wines appear to have 20-30 years of aging potential, although the sweet spot for drinking them appears to be between age 8 and 15.”

One of the world’s great Grenache based wines is back in our store again with the new 2011! We’ve told the Moncayo story many times—old vine Garnacha with tiny yields growing in mountain-side quarries of iron-rich granite and limestone. In November, Robert Parker (Uncensored Live) wrote up his first vertical review of Alto Moncayo, 10 vintages from 2002 to 2011. Parker’s average score here was 95.6 points and the new 2011 is another classic, earning 95 points. Two vintages, 2007 & 2009, earned perfect 100 point scores from Parker.
Item: #381888
Bottle Size:750ml

ROBERT PARKER 91 POINTS - "The 2010 Berola is a blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in a combination of American and Read More...
French oak for ten months. It then spends a year in bottle prior to being released. A sleeper of the vintage, it reveals a deep ruby/purple color along with aromas of blackberries, black cherries, licorice and lavender. Full-bodied, rich, nicely textured and impressively pure, it can be enjoyed over the next 3-4 years."

INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLARS 90 POINTS - "Bright purple. Powerful aromas of blueberry, blackberry and peppery spices. Displays vibrant flavors of smoky dark berries, white pepper and candied flowers, with a hint of candied rose in the background. Rich but graceful blend with a smoky, floral finish."

We’ve always enjoyed the wines of Bodegas Borsao, and they are undeniably great wine for the money across the board. Last year in one of our features we repeated a quote from Robert Parker where he was so excited about the quality of the Borsao line-up that he dropped an F-Bomb on Twitter, almost: “-buy Bodegas Borsao 2010s and 2011s-all from Campo de Borja-all under $10, which is F*@$%^@ unreal for such quality-red, white, and rose.” In fairness, Parker was Tweeting about the entry level wines from Borsao, not the higher tier. All the same, as we tasted this new “Berola,” we almost immediately thought about that long-ago Tweet, “DANG! That 2010 Borsao really is “F*@$%^@ unreal.” With Cabernet and Syrah in the blend, plus the additional 2 years of aging for “Beroloa,” Borsao is aiming for something higher and more age worthy. Imagine a Reserva Rioja as compared with an entry-level Tinto—there is more toastiness in the “Berola,” but also more ginger and spice, more orange-pekoe tea, and subtle hints of dried flowers. It’s quite a wine for $12.95!
Item: #306230
Bottle Size:750ml

STEPHEN TANZER'S INTERNATIONAL WINE CELLAR 91 POINTS - "Fermented in stainless steel; half of the wine was aged in small French oak barrels, 40% new, Read More...
and the other half in stainless steel tank; Inky purple. Ripe black raspberry and cherry liqueur scents are brightened by zesty pepper and allspice nuances. Plush and sweet, with powerful cherry and red berry compote flavors given lift by juicy acidity. Gains flesh and depth on the impressively long, spicy finish, which is given shape by fine-grained tannins."

This is one of those wines that most people, upon tasting, would overshoot the price point by quite a bit. It's really fantastic. 100% Grenache from 100-year-old vines, the complexity Read More...
and quality of this wine go way above and beyond the entry fee. The nose is a gorgeous melding of earth, minerality, root beer and sassafras notes, red plum and sweet cherry fruit and a good measure of smoky charcuterie. The lush, viscous palate is balanced by appropriate tannins. The fruit is forward and ripe as black cherries and ripe plum take the spotlight with a supporting cast of light spice and minerality lending their voices to the chorus.

WINE SPECTATOR 91 POINTS - "This fleshy red delivers a rich core of blackberry and blueberry compote, accented by toasty vanilla, sweet licorice and cinnamon spice. Well-integrated tannins give this backbone. A bold, modern style. Drink now through 2017. 2,000 cases imported."
Item: #381699
Bottle Size:750ml

Borsao's wines have been a corner stone of our Spanish section for years and years. Familiarity sometimes means we don't taste these wines as often as we should. It's true! Just grab Read More...
a glass of Borsao's $5.98 Vina Borgia Garnacha, it is probably the best wine for the money on the planet. The color is a rich dark purple. Warm spices enveloped in blackberry and blueberry. The richness and spice carries through on the palate as the darker fruit tones showing on the nose are brightened by notes of red cherry and pomegranate. The folks at Borsao own nearly 3 thousand acres in Campo de Borja, roughly three quarters of the appellation. This rocky zone in the foothills of the Pyrenees is one of the original homes of the Garnache grape. There is an old church on the property that has records of Garnache plantings that go back to the 900's...

We are not huge followers of Twitter but we saw this mildly profane Tweet from the World's most respected wine critic and we just had to pass it on: “Robert M Parker, Jr ?@RobertMParkerJr - buy Bodegas Borsao 2010s and 2011s-all from Campo de Borja-all under $10,which is F*@$%^@ unreal for such quality-red, white, and rose."
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