From the up-and-coming Campo de Borja region of Spain, Borsao produces no fewer than four incredible values, ranging in price from $5 to about $15. As we noted last month and last year and the year before that, the Borsao wines are mostly made from garnacha, the Spanish name for the grenache grape that dominates in France’s expensive reds from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, except for the blend we featured last month, which includes 20 percent Spanish tempranillo, and could be the best $7 wine ever.
The new vintage of Viña Borgia promises to be just as good as the last two we recommended. Or the last, say, 17 vintages. This wine is nothing if not consistent.
It’s consistency like this that lands Borsao’s Viña Borgia on the Wine for the Rest of Us list of Top 5 Spanish Reds.
In awarding it the “best buy of the week,” Wine Spectator’s Thomas Matthews writes, “This supple, juicy red delivers a burst of ripe, sweet raspberry and blackberry flavors, with light tannins and just enough acidity to keep it lively.”
Awarding his 86 points, Wine Advocate’s Jay Miller describes the unoaked wine as a “friendly offering” that should be enjoyed over the next three years.
“Notes of cinnamon, clove, violets, and black cherry lead to an easygoing, smooth-textured red that finishes with no hard edges,” he wrote in the June 2011 issue.
This simple, delightful wine is available all over town for between $7 and $9 for the standard 750ml a bottle, and for $10 to $14 for the 1.5L magnum. It’s even available in the party-friendly 3L box at places like The Bottle Shop in Rockville and Finewine.com in Gaithersburg for $25 or less.
See the slideshow for representative prices and availability at a wine shop near you.
But what makes it a contender for the best $5 red wine ever is its price at Total Wine locations throughout Virginia, where it costs $4.99 a bottle every day. And at only $1 more at its sister stores in Maryland, Corridor Wine & Spirits in Laurel and Beltway Fine Wine in Towson, Viña Borgia could give the "chicken wine" a run for its money.
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