I wanted to get another review out a few days ago, but alas, too many Christmas (or should I be saying 'Holiday'?!) parties! So I'm posting this one now and I'm sorry for being a few days late.
This is my review and opinion of Beso de Vino's 2009 Old Vine Garnacha. Now you ask....How old are the vines?! Well, they are 40 years old! So that's a pretty decent age. I think to be classified as an 'old vine' the vines have to be at least 20 years old but I don't think this is a hard fast rule.
Here is my video review below. I should also point out that I did a first take of this and I just wasn't impressed with my performance in the review. So I did what I'm trying not to do, which is, do a second take review of it. And that's what I'm posting now. I really liked the wine...it was just me I didn't like in the first take :-) Doing these solo reviews are a bit tricky sometimes and I feel like I'm being boring - and I don't want to post a BORING video!!! *yawn! So hopefully you will enjoy this video and keep coming back for more!
This wine is 100% Garnacha, which is a larger grape that has thin skins, high sugar content and low acid. So being that there is higher sugar content in the grape, typically these wines are slightly higher in their alcohol levels. This particular bottles alcohol level is 13.5%. Garnacha usually produces a full colour, medium body, light tannins and low acidic wine.
This particular wine that I'm reviewing was aged for 4 months in French oak. The colour of this wine is a nice light garnet colour. It's pretty light and you can actually see right through it. On the nose, there are light soft red berry notes (raspberry, strawberry). I also got some nice spice too. Not a lot of spice, but there was some.
On the palette there is some nice soft tannins that I really liked. I also liked the light acidic finish and the berry flavour just lingers nicely in my mouth. I really found this wine to be nicely balanced between all of these qualities. Not one was more over powering than the other. The berries in this taste ripe but not jammy ripe like you might get in a syrah/shiraz or even maybe a zinfandel. This was just perfectly ripe berries. I really like this wine. And for $12.99 at the local BC liquor store, I don't think you can go wrong with that at all!
This wine is full enough to have with a meal (say for the upcoming Christmas dinners) or to just enjoy all on it's own. I think this is friendly to a lot of peoples palettes because it's features are nicely balanced with each other. It's not the most complex wine you're going to enjoy, but like I said, for $12.99 I don't think you can go too wrong with this bottle. I also wanted to point out the Wine Advocate gave this 89 points!
As of now, I have decided that I'm going to come up with my own rating system for wine. And it's super simple because simple is good. There are 3 ratings and they are as follows:
- Forgettable - Shitty wine, I don't want to remember drinking this other than the fact that I want to remember so I don't but the bottle again.
- Memorable - Decent wine! I want to remember so I will buy this wine again and recommend it to other wine lovers! This wine is most likely tasty and really great value for your money.
- Unforgettable - OMG this wine is the shit!!! (But that is obviously meant differently that the 'shitty wine' rating of forgettable) I love this wine and you must buy this wine because it's absolutely delicious and I want more!!! Go out and buy this wine immediately!
I would rate this bottle as memorable. This is based on the fact it's cheap and cheerful, not amazingly dymamic but enjoyable and I would buy this bottle again. If you do grab this bottle, please send me your feedback and opinions on it! I want to know what you guys like as well! So keep me in the loop of your wine adventures too!
Next week I'm going to taste Cristalino Cava Brut NV. So tune in for some bubbles next week just in time for New Years Eve!!!!
Happy Holidays everyone and I'm wishing you all a fantastic holiday season! I hope Santa is good to you and I'll see you next week!