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Tres Picos /11 Garnacha 2010

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The grapes for this wine were harvested from old-vine Garnacha vineyards that cling to rugged terrain on the slopes of the famous Moncayo mountain with low yields of less than two tons per acre. The mountainside, iron-rich, gravelly vineyards reach an elevation of 2,100 feet. The terrain prevents the use of any kind of machinery; as a result, all of the grapes are hand-harvested.

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Although the history of the city of Borja takes us back to the beginnings of the Paleolithic period, it wasn’t until the 4th century before Christ, in the heart of the Celtiberian period, when thanks to classical and numismatic written sources the name of this village came to light: Bursao. With the passing through Bursao of different civilizations like the Romans, Visigothic Hispania and th... Read more
Although the history of the city of Borja takes us back to the beginnings of the Paleolithic period, it wasn’t until the 4th century before Christ, in the heart of the Celtiberian period, when thanks to classical and numismatic written sources the name of this village came to light: Bursao. With the passing through Bursao of different civilizations like the Romans, Visigothic Hispania and the Muslims we have inherited architectural remains and above all, the natural inclination of its people towards agriculture and more particularly viniculture. Of equal importance was the implementation of artisanal techniques that today endure as living proof of the cultural richness of the former Bursao today known as Borja. During the I and II centuries, before our time, it used to mint bronze coins, ases and dividers as a symbol of its autonomy. On the obverse of the as we can see a celtiberian rider armed with a lance, riding on the writing of the name of the city in the native alphabet. The emblem adopted by the winery as a sign of identity. Read less
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Editorial Reviews for Tres Picos /11 Garnacha

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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3.50 5
07/01/2011

A bit tight on the nose with a spicy, tarry blackberry and licorice nose with an ashy top note. Seamless on entry, then slowly fills the mouth with rich fruit, black and blue fruits, with well-integrated acids and nicely-managed tannins. There’s a little caramelized beefiness on the back end that leads into a rather fruity, long finish that hints at blackberry and black cherry with a beef jerky overtone. There’s a nice little mineral edge that emerges with time as well and a hint of blueberry. This is actually mighty tasty, but it wouldn’t surprise me to find out that it’s not 100% Garnacha.


Member Reviews for Tres Picos /11 Garnacha

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0.00 5
03/15/2012

This rich red is brimming with raspberry jam, chocolate, licorice and wild herb ... Drink now through 2015. -TM


Snooth User: zmapman
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4.00 5
08/14/2014

For me this was a very drinkable wine. Rich red color and light on tannins. Had some blackberry and raspberry notes. I didn't pick up the ashy notes others mentioned, but that could be because I was smoking a cigar with the wine. All in all I would drink this wine again.


Snooth User: James Fab
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2.50 5
01/28/2012

Not bad- very high in alcohol (14.5%). It felt more like a dessert wine than a table wint to me. It reminded me of an overdone Argentinian Malbec.


Snooth User: JMCortis
104832750
3.50 5
03/15/2012

This wine has a great nose of dark fruit with a gentle smokiness. The taste offers much of the same busting with the flavors of blackberry and black cherry. It has a light minerality with well balanced tanins. The finish is somewhat short in my opinion leaving a lingering flavor of light oak on the palate.


Snooth User: LAgirl554
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3.00 5
02/24/2013

Third wine in the around the world wine tasting in February 2013. Flavor was strong and sweet, preferred others.


External Reviews for Tres Picos /11 Garnacha

External Review
01/03/2013

One of my favorite offerings from the Bodegas Borsao is the 6,000-case cuvee of the 2010 Tres Picos. Made from 100% Garnacha aged in equal parts stainless steel and French oak, this is the Bodegas Borsao's interpretation of Chateauneuf du Pape. (But when's the last time you saw a bottle of Chateauneuf du Pape priced at $17 - about 30 years ago?) Deep notes of roasted herbs, sweet black cherries and raspberries, peppers and spice soar from the glass of this dark ruby/purple-tinged wine. Full-bodied, rich, ripe, silky textured, pure and long, this unbelievable value should drink well for 3-4 years. Glass-staining purple. Lively, faintly medicinal aromas of cherry, blueberry and licorice, plus hints of smoky herbs and flowers. Juicy and expansive, offering sweet, deeply pitched bitter cherry and dark berry flavors supported by a taut spine of acidity and fine-grained tannins. Finishes with powerful spicy thrust and suggestions of candied flowers a...


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05/23/2012

This rich red is brimming with raspberry jam, chocolate, licorice and wild herb flavors. Firm tannins are well-integrated and buoyed by orange peel acidity. A lively modern style. Drink now through 2015. -T.M. Wine Spectator. A Grenache wine from Aragon in Spain. 2010 Bodegas Borsao Tres Picos (Garnacha) 750ml


External Review
01/17/2013

Campo de Borja, SpainBorsao Tres Picos Garnacha is a perennial Best Buy hailed by many of the world's wine critics as an awesome value. We consider this wine one of the top gems of Spanish wine. The grapes come from vineyards that are between 35 and 40 years old. Located on uneven terrain at an altitude of 600 to 700 meters, these vineyards yield under four and a half tons of grapes per hectare, affording superb richness and concentration in the wine. This 2010 vintage of Borsao Tres Picos received scores of 92 from Robert Parker, 91 from Tanzer and 90 from Wine Spectator. Dr. Jay Miller for Wine Advocate wrote, "If I had to select just one Spanish wine that consistently over-delivers year after year, it would be Tres Picos." And Sommelier Journal just named it 2012 Wine of the Year! Need we say more? While supplies last!Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha is cherry red in color, deep and sweet, with medium body. On the nose, there is a boundless bouquet of cherries and ripe red fruits with traces of flowers typical of Garnacha. On the palate, it is rich and well-structured with flavors of blackberries, strawberries, vanilla, plums, and leather notes. Beautifully balanced with sweet tannins, Borsao Tres Picos leaves a long, silky finish.Enjoy Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha over the next 3-4 years with roast pork, grilled vegetables, burgers and cheeses.


External Review
11/27/2012

An explosive, flamboyantly perfumed bouquet exudes scents of blackberry, cherry cola, violet and cracked pepper, plus a hint of smokiness. Deeply pitched flavors of dark fruits


External Review
11/14/2013

This rich red is brimming with raspberry jam chocolate licorice and wild herb flavors. Firm tannins are well-integrated and buoyed by orange peel acidity. A lively modern style. Drink now through 2015. -T.M. Wine Spectator.


External Review
06/20/2012

Dark ruby color with shades of purple. At the nose there is a rich aroma of ripe berries with hints of floral tones typical of the Garnacha, a unique variety. In the mouth, it is a full bodied rich wine with a taste of blackberries, strawberries and hints of leather, vanilla and plums. It is perfectly combined with a sweet and pleasant tannin that leads to a long, balanced and smooth finish.


External Review
11/28/2012

Auge: kirschrot; Nase: reife Fruchtaromen mit blumigen Nuancen; Gaumen: gut strukturiert mit Aromen nach Brombeeren, Erdbeeren, Leder, Vanille und Pflaumen. Abgang ist seidig und lang anhaltend.



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Tasting Notes:

Red fruit intensity is apparent throughout the aromas and flavors of this wine; sawdust and toast reflect its barrel character, at least some of which derives from American oak. The exuberant fruit is more than matched by the spicy barrel notes with long vanilla, black raspberries, and plums to the finish. A bit of raisin also suggests some slight overripeness, but nothing is out of balance.

The grapes for this wine were harvested from old-vine Garnacha vineyards that cling to rugged terrain on the slopes of the famous Moncayo mountain with low yields of less than two tons per acre. The mountainside, iron-rich, gravelly vineyards reach an elevation of 2,100 feet. The terrain prevents the use of any kind of machinery; as a result, all of the grapes are hand-harvested.

60000 bottles produced.

Notes: Stainless-steel fermented. Half aged in stainless-steel and half in French oak barrels for 10 months


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