A few months back I posted a blog about great Alternative Spanish reds, like the wines Toro, Ribera del Duero and Bierzo. These all make fantastic Alternatives to Rioja, and luckily for Spanish lovers we can now add a tasty red from Campo de Borja to that list. The Campo de Borja region is located on South Eastern border of the Rioja Region.

Bodegas Borsao is one of the leading producers in Campo de Borja, and the Borsao Selection 2008 is a great example of the wine this region can produce. The Selection is a blend of 70% Grenache (the most used grape in this region, see previous post about Grenache), 20% Syrah and 10% Tempranillo all from vines at least 15 years old. The wine is an intense cherry red in colour with violet undertones. The bouquet is dominate by cherries and red berries with a slight floral note and on the palate the wine is a delicately medium bodied with well balanced tannin and acidity and again those cherry notes coming to the surface. The finish has a complex and and lasting aftertaste. This is a great wine by the glass for these dreary August days.