Borra Vineyards 2011 47.5° Red Wine 2011
Cherry and mint notes are pretty easy to identify in this interesting blend. Acid driven. Fruit structure is slightly tart which is welcomed as it spreads out on your palate. Solid tannins definitely make it an “E” ticket ride. The adventure is substantial. Good juice… tough price point.
(K&S Rating: 4 of 6)
Winemaker Notes: “The decade’s coolest 2011 vintage has shaped our Petite Sirah, Syrah and Mourvèdre into what is likely to be our most balanced and elegant blend of these varietals to date. In an attempt to descript the unique aromas, we’ll make up a name: Crème de la Black Cherry – which might translate into creamy cherries intermingling with rhubarb, earth, bacon and tarry molasses. You’ll be tasting those tart cherries clearly upon a generous sip, once they emerge from a banquet of beefy braised mushrooms, coffee and our signature black licorice. All play together in a concentrated complex balance that shows almost none of the alcohol “spiciness” than in more ripe vintages. As for food, throw a fast meaty-thick naked New York steak on the grill, or go for a longer braised short ribs with lots of mushrooms.”