About This Wine
In France, it’s Bordeaux. In America, it’s Napa Valley. In Spain, it’s Toro.
“It” is red wine country — or more specifically, big, bold red wine country. And while the “big reds” of Bordeaux and Napa are based on Cabernet Sauvignon, the “big red” of Toro is Tempranillo, known locally as Tinto de Toro.
Toro is situated in the western part of Spain’s Castilla y Leon region, less than a hour from the Portuguese border. There are a number of historic towns in the area (including Salamanca, Leon and Zamora), but there’s no question that this is farm country. And a good number of the farmers grow winegrapes — primarily Tempranillo.
The featured “T” wine is a tasty example of both the variety and the Toro style of winemaking. There’s nothing subtle about it; the aromas and flavors are assertive and engaging, and the finish seemingly begs for another sip. In our book, this “T” gets an “A.”
Its aromas and flavors often combine elements of berryish fruit, herbaceousness, and an earthy-leathery minerality. Rarely bottled as a stand-alone varietal, but frequently used as the base variety in blends.
- Grape Composition:100% Tempranillo (a.k.a. Tinto de Toro)
- Grape Source:Toro Area of Spain’s Castilla y Leon Region
- Aromas & Flavors:Red Fruits, Plum, Leather, Spice, Bacon and Cocoa
- When to Drink:Now Through 2012
- Food Pairing Suggestiongrilled meats, stews and sausages.