Tour de Spain: Campo de Borja
You guys. This is a huge moment, so I have to say something. My kid's naps have synched up today and I've had time to make coffee, flip through a magazine, paint my nails (which I've been trying to do for months), and write this entire post. I really hope this is their joint New Year's resolution because free time is only slightly less mythical than a unicorn. Anyhow, without further ado, welcome back to the Tour de Spain! The holidays are packed up, put back into the basement and/or hauled out to the street and I'm ready to get back into the groove. I'm kicking it off with a Spanish region that I was, until now, *gasp* unaware of: Campo de Borja. We'll be learning more about it together! Yay knowledge!
It's a small region smooshed between the two large regions of Rioja and Catalonia and the area is hilly and plateau-y. The climate is similar to the southern region of Rioja: hot and dry during the summer and very cold in winter, although there is a northwesterly wind that helps to cool the vineyards a bit in the heat of the summer. So, Garnacha performs very well here and produces intense, aromatic wines with red fruit character. The Garnacha grape accounts for more than two thirds of the plantings in Campo de Borja*, while the remaining third consists mainly of Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Merlot.
*according to the DO's official website: http://www.docampodeborja.com
I selected Borsao Tres Picos Garnacha 2014. It's made with 100% Garnacha, so I was expecting an intense wine and it didn't disappoint. The wine boasted rich, ripe fruits, both red and black, and I got notes of cherry, blackberry, plum, a whiff of rhubarb, and vanilla. It had a firm structure with a full body, nice level of acidity, a whopping 15% abv, and smoooooth tannins. This wine is tasty, satisfying, and I can attest to the fact that it goes great with steak. I'm officially a fan of Campo de Borja.
I won't think twice about grabbing a wine from this region now that I know more about it, so if you happen to see one gracing the shelves of your local wine store, give it a shot. Here's to learning more about lesser-known regions!