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2013 Bodegas Pintia Toro Pintia

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Removed from a subterranean wine cellar; Purchased at retail

Removed from a subterranean wine cellar; Purchased at retail

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RATINGS

93The Wine Advocate

...good freshness, and this showed a fine thread on the palate and was nicely textured, elegant within the rusticity of the zone.

92Vinous / IWC

Sexy, smoke-accented aromas of black and blue fruits, pipe tobacco and licorice; a vanilla note emerges slowly. Chewy blueberry and cherry compote flavors show very good clarity and energy, and a suggestion of black pepper adds spicy bite on the back half. Dusty tannins come in late and lend grip to a long, spicy finish that leaves a bitter cherry note behind.

90Wine Spectator

...firm yet fresh, with orange peel acidity driving the bright cherry, herbal and licorice flavors. The tannins are muscular, supporting savory forest floor and gamy notes. A savory style, showing depth.

90Wine Enthusiast

Cool, savory blue fruit and herbal aromas are damp and dense...black plum, barbecue smoke and cardamom flavors...

REGION

Spain, Castilla-Leon, Toro

Toro is a relatively small appellation with a rapidly rising reputation. Located in the province of Zamora near the northeastern corner of Portugal, Toro has 13,000 vineyard acres with appellation status. Like most of the region it sits on a high plateau of sand, clay and lime where summers are hot and dry and winters are harsh. The main red grape here is the local clone of Tempranillo, called Tinta de Toro, and Garnacha. The white grapes Verdejo and Malvasia are also grown. Most of the reds are 100% Tinta de Toro. The devastating 19th century phylloxera crisis, which killed grapevines throughout Bordeaux, did not reach Toro, thanks, it is thought, to Toro’s sandy soil. Toro later exported some of its healthy vines to France. Toro also has vineyards of pre-phylloxera vines, meaning that some special cuvées from Toro are made from vines that are more than 150 years old. The Toro DO was created in 1987. The legendary Bodega Numanthia is in the Toro appellation.