On my previous trip to Wine House, I failed to realize that I was walking out with three Spanish Grenaches. I would like to attribute this minor oversight to my being overwhelmed by the sheer size of the selection of this fine West Side establishment, but it could just as easily be chalked up to my being an idiot. Though I prefer variety, I figure I should make the best of this happy accident and teach myself a thing or two about Spanish Grenache and compare the three. The first, Evodia, is reviewed here.
Evodia set the bar pretty high, so I was prepared to be let down by this bottle. The bouquet was much less intense, but equally pleasant with a nice combination of pepper, cherries and chocolate easily discernible to novice noses. It also doesn’t look as heavy in the glass as the previous Grenache. Putting those two together, I assumed it would pack half the punch in my mouth. Happily, I was wrong.
As I’ve said before, I enjoy drinking wine by itself. Borsao Garnacha is perfect for this. It’s very easy to drink, delightfully light yet flavorful. Nice, wet, and unassuming, this is exactly what I imagine when I think of a typical Spanish table wine. I’m sure it would be right at home with an assortment of tapas, but, more importantly to me, it is excellent on its own. At $6.99, it is a very practical bottle to have on hand.
One of the most common problems I have with drinking red wines by themselves is that many of them are too solemn. For a red wine, Boraso is crisp and cheery. I smiled every time I had a drink and even found myself going “ahhhh” when I finished off a glass. I would certainly recommend it to red wine neophytes as it’s such an easy and pleasant wine to drink. Full of flavor, but not overpowering. I would also recommend having one or two on hand for when you want a nice glass of wine by yourself or for when you have a friend pop over. I know I’ll be picking up another. 4/5 stars. Won’t knock you out, but it is very good.