Spanish diversity

Bodegas Borsao, Campo de Borja DO 2006 There’s cherry fruit and a sense of cherry pie leaping out of the glass. The mouth is full of juicy fruit in a a light-bodied, easy to drink format. This is certainly the last of the ’06 as the ’07 is on the market. The good news is that the new vintage is still under $6.00 retail. The grapes are 75% Garnacha and 25% Tempranillo, grown under the Moncayo mountian. The grapes are vinified seperately and then assembled after. Estate bottled in Borja 14% $5.49 at Bottle Barn Borsao

Pago de Carraovejas, Ribera Del Duero DO, Crianza 2005 This is quite a dense wine to look at. The smells are meaty with green herbs from the spice rack and a sense of sweetness and brown spices. Tasted again in April ’09, the fruit is evolving into more dried and stewed notes, exhibiting great complexity. The mouth is fully filled out with flavor, with ripe tannins in the background and lingering acidity – very nice. This wine is getting better with each passing month as a sweet expression of chocolate is emerging. The estate is planted to 70% Tempranillo and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is aged in both French and US oak. P&B in Penafiel in Valladolid 15% $31.99 at Bottle Barn

About RJ

Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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