Toro, a relatively small denominación de origen with only 64 wineries, is considered one of Spain’s rising stars. It’s located in the Zamora province within the northwestern part of the Castilla y León region. Toro is known for its distinctively robust red wines. These reds must contain at least 75 percent tempranillo, also called tinto de toro, in order to be labeled as a Toro denominación de origen wine. The only other red grape allowed in Toro reds is garnacha (grenache). The following are two affordable examples of powerful Toro reds that would go well with grilled beef and other hearty fare.
Terra d’Uro 2016 La Enfermera, Tempranillo, Toro, Spain Bought • Total Wine, 90 Brentwood Promenade Court, in September for $9.99
Description • This is a bold, juicy red that received 93 points from wine critic James Suckling. Made from 100 percent tempranillo, it tastes of blackberries, plums and other dark fruit with a touch of spice. It’s a smooth wine that ends with a long, silky finish. The label, which translates to “The Nurse,” says it honors Queen Isabella for sending nurses to treat and serve red wine to soothe soldiers wounded in the 1476 battle of Toro.
T Toro 2018 Toro, SpainBought • Total Wine, 90 Brentwood Promenade Court, in September for $9.99
Description • Big, fresh and fruity, this is a good everyday wine that has a mouthwatering acidity. It’s also made from 100 percent tempranillo and has dark fruit flavors that are similar to the La Enfermera. However, it’s a younger, more rustic wine with stronger tannins that could soften with a few more years of aging. It comes from Bodega Co-op Vino de Toro, a winery founded by Zamoran winemakers in 1974.
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