|Wine||Bodegas Borsao “Tres Picos”|
|Region||Moncayo Mountains Spain (Zaragoza Province)|
|Soil||Clay and Limestone|
|Maturation||10 Months in a combination of French Oak and Stainless Steel|
Good evening wine lovers. Tonight I have taken a plane over to the Moncayo Mountains in Spain to get all over a dry red wine that is raved upon from critics for being some of the best decently priced red wine in the world. The Tres Picos is a dry red wine made out of 100% Grenache Cuvee from vines between 35 to 60 years old. Located in proximity of one of the best Grenache regions in the world Aragon, this wine has some grand expectations in terms of Grenache. So what does this reasonably modest wine have to offer?
Colour: Ruby red with a purple tinge. Scarlet hue.
Aroma: These leap out of the glass and are so prominent. It starts off with dark cherry blended with aniseed spice. Liquorice and black pepper start to dance around, bullied by nuances of plum, leather, floral aromas and vanilla bean. The oak cuts through the wine perfectly and offers up this beautiful aroma of baking spices that almost gives this wine a fruit cake aroma. Secondly, it gains legs from the fact that the oak and cherry aroma that drives this wine from the front start to give it a real cherry-wood character too. There’s a lot going on in the glass, and it has not even hit my lips yet.
Palate: Medium to Full bodied. Plum and blackberry pairs up with black pepper, until it succumbs to liquorice and baking spices. This wine continues to work in waves, and the balance of acid lends length to each new element that comes across on the palate. Fruit, oak spice and earth all work together, but quite surprisingly, never really intertwine on the palate. This is what I mean by “working in waves.” There is a strong presence of primary flavours to this wine, but it is beautifully structured to allow a plethora of secondary characters to start shining through individually. There is so much going on in this wine that it begs you to keep returning to the glass. The flavour of liquorice lasts for an eternity on the finish.
Personal Thoughts: Um… Out-bloody-standing. I have never come across a wine quite like this (Well for the price.) A wine at only $25 actually asks the big questions that we love about flagship wines. I really cannot believe that a wine of this calibre is only asking for $25 of your money. Seriously, blind test me on this wine and I would have honestly told you it was a $60 dollar plus wine, and the fact that it isn’t, makes it stupid for any red wine lover to neglect a wine like this. This is one of those Grenache’s that really resembles the sense of place behind the wine. A nice hot Mediterranean summer drives the fruit, then you get a real sense of soil and climate to the wine that makes it nothing short of sensational. It stands up well completely by itself, but all the while I was thinking, “man I could go for some wild boar right about now.” Heck, even some cured meats!
Grenache is really great at showcasing the climate of a vintage is a bottle. It’s a grape variety that can be tortured by the sun, and hence why a majority of our fortified wines are made from this grape. People so often underestimate and neglect this variety as a stand-alone, tending to blend it with the gutsy shiraz. But every now and then you come across a Grenache that can blow you away. This is definitely one of those.
Drink: Now- 2022
The SA Wine Guy