Weekly Under $20 Value Wine Pick – 2007 Bodegas Borsao “Monte Oton” Garnacha, Campo de Borja, Spain

monteotonIf you’re not already familiar with the Jorge Ordonez import portfolio of wines from Spain, get kickin’.  One of the great things about the portfolio is that there are tons of delicious wines in the under $20 and even under $10 range that hit the mark.  Take for instance this weeks pick; the 2007 Bodegas Borsao “Monte Oton” Garnacha.  This is 100% garnacha (same as grenache) and 110% value.  If you taste it and like it, it’s a no-brainer for a case or half case buy.  Here are my notes for the wine:

Pretty ruby color, smokey and spicy smelling on the nose.  Smells like a textbook Jorge Ordonez imported Spanish wine in this price range.  In the mouth I’m getting a lot of smoke, baked fruit and spice and a burst of something floral on the finish; almost synthetic, but interesting.  I wanna say lavender?  Very juicy and fruit-driven.  Moderate tannins make for a somewhat serious wine in this price range.

We were having a salad of watercress, romaine, cucumber, pear and soy marinated grilled tofu with the wine and the wine paired surprisingly well with the salad.  We rarely reach for a red with salads unless there’s a hearty meat with it.  Even then, I’m still cautious because of the acids in salad dressings, but I didn’t use a whole lot of acid in this dressing this time and I think it helped everything work together.  It was a simple soy, mirin, gingery, rice vinegar, asiany type of you know what I’m talking about ethnic dressing.

Note, I think soy in dishes are a good bridge for Spanish grenache.  I previously mentioned zinfandel as a good pairing for soy based dishes.  Add Spanish grenache to that list as well.  The wine is also un-oaked, which is why the fruit seems so vibrant and juicy.

As I mentioned, the Jorge Ordonez import portfolio of Spanish wines has some great stuff in there.  Through great packaging, affordable price points and winemaking with a “new world” take on an “old world” region, Ordonez has raised awareness of the Spanish wines in the domestic market.  I’ll drink to that.

Other Ordonez imported wines in the same price range worth seeking out:

Bodegas Luzon “Luzon” Monastrell, Jumilla


Mano A Mano Tempranillo, La Mancha


Bodegas Ateca Garnacha de Fuego Old Vines, Calatayud


Bodegas Juan Gil “Wrongo Dongo” Mourvedre, Jumilla


I bought the Monte Oton for $8.75 plus tax at The Wine Stop in Honolulu, HI.  I’m sure in other markets it’s probably closer to south of eight dollars.


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