2011 Beso de Vino Garnacha Cariñena

SKU #1140177 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (aged for four months in used French oak): Vivid ruby. A sexy, highly perfumed bouquet offers scents of candied dark berries, plum and potpourri. Deeply pitched dark berry flavors show impressive clarity enlivened by notes of white pepper and floral pastilles. Finishes sweet and long, with subtle tannins and lingering spiciness. This wine delivers serious bang for the buck.  (9/2012)

K&L Notes

The D.O. of Cariñena is known for its brighter, higher toned style of Garnacha, and the Beso de Vino surely delivers on this front with juicy, slightly floral mixed berry fruit flavors that have just enough acidity to offer plenty of freshness to the wine. Try this with any of your casual weeknight favorites: Sauteed tomato, onion and eggplant with bulghur and lots of extra virgin olive oil, pan fried chicken legs, or broiled arctic char to name but a few possibilities. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish wine buyer)

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/25/2013 | Send Email
The lip-smacking berry fruit of this Garnacha makes it as delicious for a pre-dinner copa de vino as it would be for a casual dinner of pasta with sauteed vegetables. Supple, roundly textured and very pure fruited, Beso de Vino is a "kiss of wine," indeed!

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- Fat, ripe and rich with ample fruit and vibrant acidity, wines made from Grenache are easy to love. While its origins are still under dispute - some suggest Spain, where it is called Garnacha, while others say it came first from Sardinia, where it is called Cannonau - it is inarguably one of the most planted varietals in the world. A hearty grape, Grenache does well in hot, dry regions and its sturdy stalk also makes it well-suited to withstand blustery conditions like the Provençal Mistral. It ripens at relatively high sugar levels, which translates to higher potential alcohol in the wines it produces. Grenache may be most famous in the Southern Rhône areas such as Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas where it has long been an important component of delicious blends. But it's also the source of the crisp rosés from Tavel, Lirac and Provence, and age-worthy vins doux naturels like Rivsaltes and Banyuls. Grenache is also found in large swaths of northeastern Spain, in Navarre, in Rioja, where it plays a supporting role in blends with Tempranillo, and in the distinctive wines of Priorat. The grape was once the most widely planted varietal in Australia, though Shiraz and Cabernet have overtaken it. In California, Grenache plantings have dwindled from their heyday in the San Joaquin Valley, but it is starting to see a resurgence, albeit in smaller plantings, where other Rhône varietals thrive.


- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.