I know the polite way to classify this category would be to say inexpensive, value or “everyday”, but cheap is appropriate. I’ll save those other descriptors for better wine. I figure there is a time and place for the cheap stuff. Desperation is top of the list. A close second would be a late night, “we’re already bombed but we should actually have a night cap before we consummate this relationship scenario (just kidding Mom). A bottle of wine, no matter the quality, usually trumps beer or whiskey in the latter situation. With a value in mind I have 2010 Vina Borgia Granacha and as the label says it is “from the heart od Aragon” Campo de Borja, Spain. This should be fun and quick:
Color: Bright Magenta
Nose:Fruity, in an over the top juicy way. There is a big fruit juice/ boxed drink nose. It reminds me of Sangria. Yeah, after all the additives. The nose is big and pops out of the glass.
Palate: The nose follows into the palate. Big fruit. This is perplexing my palate as it leaves me searching for the cello-phane wrapped straw that should be attached to the bottle. Cherry and ripe raspberry mingle to form a dominate flavor profile. No oak, since this is fermented and aged in stainless steel. In the finish I get a vague hint of spice.
This wine is not for the snob or connoisseur. This is Tuesday night with take out or an intro to red wine for the white zinfandel crowd. The “sweet” feel to this will have many a wine newbie praising the delicious quality of this wine. This is a great example of fresh wine being produced for the $4.99 price point. I would definitely buy this again and leave it for the impromptu late night visitor, a relaxed night at home, a base for sangria or for the last call bottle when the cellar is locked. My real negative about this wine is the disservice it does to Grenache. This is not typical of the varietal. With that being said, cheers to getting through a work week and being able to enjoy a little bit of wine on the cheap. With Vina Borgia just keep your expectations low and you’ll be satisfied.