The last leg of Wine Spectator’s Grand Tour was Saturday night in Las Vegas, where there were scores of great wines, and I had the pleasure of meeting many readers and bloggers and sharing favorite wine tips.
In these kinds of walk-around tastings, where it's tough to take detailed notes while socializing (though I admire those who do) , I just make note of standouts. I singled out about 15 extraordinary wines out of about 50 that I tried, but two in particular, poured side-by-side, won the night's honors for me. My colleague Tom Matthews, who covers Spanish wine for Wine Spectator, suggested I give them a try. Great tip.
The first wine, the 2005 Bodega Borsao Campo de Borja Crianza Seleccion, was not only a show-stopper, with its rich, polished layers of Grenache, Merlot and Tempranillo fruit, but also a huge wow for its price, at just $16.
At the adjacent table was my wine of the night, the 2006 Alto Moncayo Garnacha Campo de Borja Aquilon, a wine that's new and not yet reviewed (I guessed it was in the 95-plus range, non-blind, on Saturday night), but again, wow. What great depth, purity of flavor, richness and concentration. Plenty of jazzy new oak, too. The price: $140.
Two great wines, two different prices.