Hola Y’all! A long time ago, I had a Spanish wine that ruined my desire for them. It was very similar to trying to drink grape juice that had been aged and fermented in essence of dirty feet. Since then, I have stayed away from them but this one’s label was too funny to pass up. Let’s see if the Beso De Vino Selección 2010 is any good…
Name: Beso De Vino Selección
Winery: Grandes Vines y Viñedos
Varietal: 85% Syrah, 15% Garnacha
Alcohol by Vol.: 13.5%
(Price can vary on state, taxes, the store’s mark-up, and if you have ever wondered if you could use your knowledge of time dilation to age your wine quicker.)
I have to tell the story of why I found the label funny before I get into the tasting notes. My wife and I were in the store when she saw this bottle on the shelf. She thought the label was cute and wanted to get it to have with our dinner that night. I looked closer at the label and laughed as I placed it into the cart. I chucked all the way to the checkout stand and out to the car. It wasn’t until we were almost home that my wife asked me why I was laughing every time I thought of the wine. When we got home, I took out the wine and showed her the bottle. She didn’t see it, so I told her to look closer. Here is how that conversation went.
Her: “I still don’t see…OH!”
Me: “Yup, honey…those are it’s balls.”
Her: “I can’t believe you let me buy a bottle of wine with that on the label.”
Me: “I can’t believe that you think that I wouldn’t buy a bottle with that on the label!”
Now that I have probably given the editor a reason to smother me with a pillow while I sleep, I will carry on with sharing my notes with you. The wine was very, very red with only a slight hint of purple. I don’t remember a Syrah being that red but it has been awhile since I had one. You could definitely tell that it was a Syrah by the smell, but there were also some oak, spice, and cherry accents that were present.
The taste of this Beso De Vino made me much less worried about Spanish wines. There was a full flavor with a long finish that really played off the taste of the Syrah and cherry. The spice was very nice and was really a big part of the nice long, dry finish. This wine made me want to have paella. It needs to be the real deal though, not the stuff that people try to pass off as ‘authentic.’
Rating = Enjoy again
This wine put Spanish wine back on the map for me. In the future, I will be much less hesitant to pick up another bottle from this region. Come back on Wednesday for another review!