Robert Parker, 89 pts
"I tasted two vintages from the flagship oaked Garnacha, the youngest of which was the 2018 Tres Picos Garnacha. But unfortunately, I found both vintages (this and the warmer 2017) to be overtly oaky, with aromas that masked the personality of the grape and gave them an international profile of toast, spice and smoke and a palate with similar flavors plus a bitter twist in the finish. I’d much rather drink the young unoaked Borsao Tinto Selección than this one. The technical data mentions that it spent about six months in new French oak and has 15% alcohol."
James Suckling, 90 pts
"A lightly jammy garnacha, offering plenty of fruit with some chocolate. It’s full-bodied with some firmness. Nicely layered with a lightly smoky undertone."
This winery is located in Borja, in the northwestern part of the region of Zaragoza. They represent the origin of D.O. Campo de Borja, "The Grenache Empire", as many like to say, and actually is one of the main producers of Garnacha (Grenache) in the world.
Bodegas Borsao controls about two-thirds of all the Grenache vineyards planted in the region while remaining as a cooperative of about 400 members that own about 3,700 acres of plots.
Although Borsao has been in existence since 1957, it wasn't until their partnership with Chris Ringland, the famous Neozelandese winemaker, that they gained broad recognition. Safe to say that this is a very well-known winery also outside of Spanish borders.