Beso de Vino Macabeo 2008
Origin: Carinena, Spain
Blend: Macabeo (100%)
Alcohol Content: 12.5%
Bottle Closure: Screw Cap
Purchase Date: July 2010
Purchase Price: $10.99
Our review: Brilliant gold in color, this wine has aromas of freshly cut tropical fruit: pineapple, papaya, and melon, with a slight hint of honey. The palate has a similar flavor profile, with some heat developing into the finish, which has a slight mineral, almost chalky character to it, not intrusive but noticeable.
Our rating: Macabeos, also known as viuras, are intended to be consumed young, so maybe this one is a bit past its prime, seeming to have developed over time a more robust character than possibly intended by the winemaker. It's definitely an interesting wine, one that could easily be paired with most poultry dishes (which is how we enjoyed our bottle). We'll have to seek out a more recent effort to try for comparison; meanwhile, this particular vintage still scores relatively well, on the high side of Average. (Note: Macabeo is one of the grapes typically included in the production of cava, one of our favorite sparkling wines.)
Taste profile from the winemaker: "Light straw with a hint of green. Fresh and crisp from natural acidity. Aromas of fresh lime, pineapple, mixed with floral components. Finishes fresh and long."
Winery website: Beso de Vino: Grandes Vinos y Vinedos.