Tres Picos 2010
Stainless-steel fermented. Half aged in stainless-steel and half in French oak barrels for 10 months.
Steve Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (December 2010), 91 Points.
Fine Estates from Spain
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. Drink now or in the next several years.
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.
About the Winery
Founded in 1958 in the town of Borja, which was called Bursao in the fourth-century B.C., Bodegas Borsao demonstrates what can be done with the Garnacha grape. Through a meticulous grape-sorting process in the fields and again when the grapes enter the winery, only the healthiest bunches are chosen. Using the most modern winemaking techniques results in wines with emphasis on the fruit; they are the best examples of the region known as “The Garnacha Land of Spain.”