Celler Besllum 2008

Red Blends from Spain

Price: $32.00 $16.99
Save $15.01 (47%)
Item No. 109964
  • RP93
Style: Big & Bold

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.0%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.

Winemaker's Notes

Besllum has a deep dark color with aromas of blackberry, blueberry, exotic spices, lavender, mineral, and pain grille. Concentrated with a full body and flavors reminiscent of sweet fruit. There is just enough acidity to carry the flavor through the long, supple finish.

Composition: Carinena 45%, Garnacha 45%, Syrah 10%

Critical Acclaim

"The 2008 Besllum is composed of 45% Garnacha, 45% Carinena, and 10% Syrah aged for 16 months in new French oak. Also deeply colored, it displays an alluring bouquet of wood smoke, exotic spices, incense, lavender, blueberry, and black cherry. In the glass it displays opulence, loads of sweet fruit, and outstanding volume. Give it 2-3 years to fill out and drink it from 2013 to 2023."
93 Points

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Suzyqt - Sacramento, CA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(11/20/2013)
Style: Smooth & Supple
For the price it's a steal. Cooking wine? I think not. Perhaps that person favors white Zinfandel. We drink very nice wines, such as Hall and Walt. This reminded me of sobon estates reserve tannat. It's an excellent sipping wine by itself or tasted great with our meal last night. It full bodied and smooth. I tasted lots of great fruit.
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Rating:
(1/30/2013)
3 1/2 stars, good value, overrated, should be a 90.
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VirginiaT - Charlotte, NC (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(7/30/2012)
Style: Big & Bold
May be Carinena grape is the element I do not like but tried the wine with a meal and felt it was far too dry. Shocked it got a 93 from RP, as I love big reds. My opinion is that is was most undrinkable, using the remainder for a sauce. Stuck with one more bottle and will put away for 2 years and hope it is drinkable then.
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Learn About Celler Besllum

Joan Carles Estivill is the third generation from his family to be tending to their family vineyards. The vineyards are located in Cornudella del Montsant, the highest village in the appellation. He is passionate about his vineyards and he only founded his bodega after the region received denomination of origin status. He leaves the wine making skills to his young winemaker, Ramon...

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Learn About Other Spain

The third largest country in production, Spain ranks first in land under vine. Diversity and innovation are the key factors bringing Spain back into the world wine market. The most popular red varieties of Spain include Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache). Whites don't garner quite as much recognition, but there are some regional varieties not to be missed, like Albarino...

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Other Red Red wines are certainly not limited to Cabernet and Pinot Noir - or even Nebbiolo and Grenache. There are a multitude of grape varieties throughout the world, however, in a Darwinian sense, survival of the fittest only brings us wines made from grapes that can adapt to changing climates and winemaking techniques. Notable Facts Our other red wines primarily consists of...

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