Bodegas Borsao is one of the very top Grenache specialists in Campo de Borja, which is arguably Spain’s best region for this juicy, red-fruited grape. Unlike the Borsao’s entry-level Campo de Borja, the Monte Oton is 100% Grenache grown in single mountainside vineyard on the slopes of the extinct Moncayo volcano. Very cold winters and dry, hot summers and rocky, poor soils give the grapes a chance to struggle and develop both sweet ripeness and a mineral complexity. A Fantastic value.
87 Points – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate:
The 2009 Monte Oton, also 100% Garnacha, is a step up [from the regular Campo de Borja]. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it is richer, denser, and more layered than the Vina Borgia. Drink it over the next 2-3 years.
87 Points – Wine Spectator:
Plump and velvety, this fruity red offers plum, blackberry and tangerine flavors, accented with vanilla and licorice. Not muscular, but generous. Drink now through 2012.