Borsao 2002 "Tres Picos" Campo de Borja Garnacha ($14.99)
This dark-garnet wine shows the signature raspberry character of Garnacha/Grenache on the nose and palate, but it's relatively restrained, and gains interest from grace notes of cloves and cinnamon. Juicy raspberry fruit and spice are nicely balanced by firm structural acidity on the palate, with high (14.5%) alcohol building a full body and a sense of heat in the finish. Not as much of a "fruit bomb" as its less pricey Borsao sibling, but it's still a very-berry, fruit-forward wine. US Importer: Cutting Edge Selections, Fairfax, Ohio, and other regional importers; from Jorge Ordoñez. (Sep 4, 2004)

FOOD MATCH: An excellent match with a char-grilled free-range chicken with fresh herbs tucked under the breast skin; plenty of body and structure to hold up well to rare red meat, too.



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