Just like the last time we alerted you to one of these one-time, one-store specials, there are a pair of great Spanish values at the Darnestown Road store in Gaithersburg. In fact, this new sale on Viña Borgia – a tasty garnacha from the Campo de Borja region of Spain that we’ve suggested could be the best $5 red wine ever – is even better at $4.29 a bottle, down from $4.49 when we alerted you to the clearance sale at the beginning of the month.
But as much as we love seeing our favorite wines at their lost prices ever, even better than shaving 70 cents off a $5 wine is getting $5 off a delicious $16 wine.
It’s been nearly two and a half years, since we featured wine from Bierzo – a small wine region in the Northwestern "shoulder" of Spain – with its indigenous mencía grape. (See “Unknown Spanish region, unsung grape offer $9 bargain.”) We suggested back then some reasons why mencía from Bierzo wasn’t likely to become the next Argentine malbec or New Zealand sauvignon blanc to become the next big, fashionable wine on the dinner party circuit. They are still relatively hard to find; they’re few and far between on wine shop shelves.
“Vivid ruby. Red berries and cherry pit on the nose, with complicating notes of smoky herbs and cracked pepper,” was how International Wine Cellar’s Josh Raynolds described it in last year’s Sept/Oct issue, scoring it 88 points. “Nicely focused dark fruit flavors are given spine by juicy acidity and show a touch of bitterness on the back. Gentle tannins add shape to the spicy dark fruit finish. This is drinking well now.”
“The 2008 Baltos made from 100% Mencia and aged for 6 months in seasoned French and American barriques … offers up an earthy minerality along with aromas of cherry cola and spicy black fruits,” wrote Wine Advocate’s Jay Miller just this past June, awarding it 90 points. “Dense, rich, and layered on the palate, this juicy, pleasure-bent effort has enough stuffing to evolve for 1-2 years but can be approached now.”
He called it “an outstanding value” at $16 a bottle. At $10.99, we’d suggest you run out to grab one of the eight bottles left on the shelf (as of last night). Don’t let the goblin’s beat you to them.
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