It's one of the most consistently pleasing $10 wines you can find ($9.98 at Finewine.com). At $8 a bottle (Total Wine, Calvert Woodley, Rodman’s DC, MacArthur Beverages, Montgomery County Liquor stores) it's an awesome bargain to buy by the case. At less than $7 a bottle?! ...
Last year influential critic Robert Parker called Borsao Garnacha "possibly the single greatest dry red wine value in the world." (After we named it one of our Top 5 Spanish red wine values.) Such praise sometimes causes prices to climb—albeit gradually over several years. (For example, the similar Las Rocas Garnacha was an $8 wine when Parker first raved about the 2001 vintage, and it now averages $10 to $13 a bottle locally.) Yet now that the 2012 Borsao Garnacha has begun to hit local wine shops, you can buy it for as little as $6.75 a bottle by the case this weekend at Chain Bridge Cellars in McLean.
Aside from a one-day sale two years ago, this is the about lowest price we've seen locally. But you don't have to take our word for what a screening bargain this is; it'll be open for tasting today and tomorrow at CBC, so you can taste for yourself before you buy.
Unfortunately, this is one of those “Carryout Case Specials” that we hate (like the Door Busters at Arrowine). The slightly-better-than-15-percent case discount is valid for in-store purchases only; no phone, email, or online orders accepted.
"This has been a big-time winner in just about every vintage it has been produced," Parker writes in the November issue of Wine Advocate. "A delicious black cherry, crushed chalk and flower-scented nose jumps from the glass of this richly fruity, medium to full-bodied, supple, velvety-textured red. This mouthfilling 2012 should drink well for several years."
But don't take our or Parker's word for it. It’s always best to taste before you buy, and this one is worth the trip to McLean.
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