“The 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape is performing even better from bottle than it did last year. Composed of 47% Grenache, 38% Syrah and 15% Mourvedre, it is surprisingly soft and evolved for La Nerthe, but that actually gives the wine additional appeal. Its dense ruby/purple hue is followed by aromas of blue and black fruits, lavender, licorice, truffles and garrigue. Full-bodied, supple textured, fleshy and succulent…”
The Wine Advocate
“Vivid ruby. Ripe cherry and dark berry aromas, with exotic notes of pit fruits and vanilla gaining strength with air. Supple, sweet, palate-coating blackberry and cherry flavors become spicier with air. Shows very good energy on the finish, which is precise, sappy and very persistent.”
International Wine Cellar
The vineyard: Perrin Réserve Rouge is sourced in our own vineyards of Grand Prebois (40 hectares/99 acres) and Vinsobres (45 hectares/111 acres), as well as from vineyards that we lease and from purchased grapes and wines from producers under long-term contracts. All these plots are managed and supervised by the Beaucastel team.
Grape varieties: 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 20% Mourvédre.
Tasting notes: A beautiful deep red hue that seems almost opaque. The nose shows caramel and spices that mingle with red berry fruit. The palate is full and deep, with fine tannins and good length.
|“The grapes for this new project were sourced from 60- to 80-year-old vines whose already low yields were reduced an additional 70% by the weather conditions of the vintage. A glass-coating opaque purple, remarkably deep for a wine of this price made from Garnacha, the wine offers a nose of brooding black cherry and blueberry. Concentrated, ripe, and balanced on the palate, this flavorful, lengthy effort will drink well over the next four years. It is an outstanding value.” -winemaker|
|“2010 Garnacha de Fuego is 100% old-vine (65-85 years of age) Garnacha from the DO of Calatayud. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it offers up aromas of pure black cherries and violets. Dense on the palate and remarkably rich for its humble price, this great value over-delivers big-time. Drink this pleasure-bent effort over the next 3-4 years.” -Jay Miller, Wine Advocate|
87 Points | International Wine Cellar , September/October 2011
Deep red. Oak-spiced dark berry and cherry aromas display very good intensity. Juicy and sweet, with lush blackberry and cherry-cola flavors and a seamless texture. Shows a touch of bitterness on the finish, which lingers with good spicy grip. This is an excellent value.
The wine shows bright and full Garnacha notes of ripe black fruits, as well as raisins, blueberries, and plums, and it’s even showing some overripeness. The mouth and finish are warm and relatively gentle. Drink now or in the next several years.
The vineyards are divided between the chalky soild of alluvial terraces of the Ebro River at 1,200 feet in elevation and the more complex soils of the hillside vineyards on the Moncayo mountain range at 1,950 feet in elevation.
About the Winery
Founded in 1958 in the town of Borja, which was called Bursao during the fourth century B.C., Bodegas Borsao demonstrates what can be done with the Garnacha grape. Through a meticulous grape-selection process in the fields and again when the grapes enter the winery, only the healthiest bunches are chosen for the wines. 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.”
“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 and woodsmoke. This could pass for a northern Rhone wine, and a really good one at that. ”
-International Wine Cellar: 91 points
“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. 5,000 cases imported.”
-Wine Spectator: 90 points