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2009 Borsao Garnacha

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This Spanish wine comes from the Campo  de Borja region in Aragon. It was picked up at my local wine store, which seems to have an decent selection of  Spanish Wines, that I have had a wonderful time exploring.    Upon doing a little bit of digging on this wine, I found something that seems to hint that while the label says Garnacha it is in fact a blend of 80% Garnacha and 20% Tempranillio.

This wine actually lets a little bit of light through, but it is still a deep royal purple in color.   The aroma is quite woodsy, with hints of cedar, and damp logs.  Its also got a strong aroma of over ripe grapes, and hints of antiseptic.  The taste is much more redeeming, with strong plum notes, with cinnamon and apples.  The finish is wonderful, its a taste only a wine can have, plums and blackberries filling your entire mouth.

This wine despite its potentially off-putting aroma, the taste is quite nice, bold, and mildly complex.   Its a quite stunning wine at a bargain of a price, I will definitely have to pick up a few more bottles at the price of $9 per bottle.

 

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June 10, 2011 at 10:08 pm

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2007 Ascencion Malbec

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From Salta Argentina, and boldly stating on its bottle that it is barrel aged, I am  a bit hopefully about this, mainly for the barrel aged statement.  I have long been a fan of liquids stored in barrels.  So I am wondering about its name, do they proclaim that wine causes us to rise to a higher state of consciousness?

Bright fruity flavors light hint of toasted oak on the nose.   The most notable aroma is Chocolate strawberries, with hints of plum and dried cranberries.    The flavor is a real punch in the mouth, full of tannic fruits, and actually a nice hint of raspberry pastry and a refreshing hint of lemon.  This is  a bit heavy on the tannins, and the finish is almost sour.

I have not had many Argentinian Wines, or Malbecs, so I do not know if these are par for the course, I hope not.   If I were to give this points I would have a hard time giving it above mid 70’s if I even want to be that generous.

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June 9, 2011 at 12:15 am

Posted in Malbec, Red Wine

2009 Apothic Red

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A California red wine blend, which has a bit more information posted here. Something about this wine had me put off trying it until I was gifted a bottle.  In part because between the color choices and the label style it comes across as macabre, in the sense that the only color used not on the Grey scale was blood red.

The color is incredibly dark, possibly one of the darkest wines I have seen, even with a well lit window in the background this still only shows a faint hint of purple.  The nose though is something special, so amazingly fresh and clean, almost like a batch of fresh picked berries brought in out of the rain, and a brisk day.  Not just that though, there seems to be a bit of orange and clove in the midst of the aroma’s.  The flavor is a bit interesting starts out feeling exceedingly clean with almost a bit of a sour taste, and as that clears away, on comes a striking waves of acidity, strikingly reminiscent of oranges and cranberries.  Only in the aftermath does there seem to be a bit of tannins peaking out.

I didn’t know what I was expecting with this one, but for some reason the more I try it the more it tastes like a fruit punch, that has a little extra kick.  It is by no means bad, in fact it would be amazingly refreshing on a slightly warmer day (its already decently hot).  But I will say this is worlds better than the Rose I had at a Greek Festival at lunch.    I thought the Rose would go well with the heat, but the Rose labeled as a Greek Rose table wine, tasted to me like heartburn in a glass.

Back to the Apothic, this is way too drinkable, not to intense.  This seems like it would be great for party drinking where I am not looking for a drinkable work of art, but rather something which can be consumed in a variety of situations and have it likely taste great.

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June 3, 2011 at 11:00 pm

Posted in Red Wine