Rioja, Ribera Del Douro and Toro Spanish Tempranillo Wine Tasting

Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 07:30 PM

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“With bread and wine you can walk your road”
Spanish Proverb quotes

We have a focus on Spanish wines this month here at Wine Watch with two more GREAT Spanish tastings.  The next one is Saturday October 19th and features a study in Tempranillo from three distinct wine growing regions of Northern Spain.  All Tempranillo is not created equal and the wines of Rioja, Ribera Del Duero and Toro are very different. 

Come out and see what Tempranillo from Spain is all about this evening as we have over 30 wines from these three regions of northern Spain.  The fee for this walk around tasting is $45 + tax, for reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail andy@winewatch.com.

 

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Rioja, Ribera Del Douro and Toro
Spanish Tempranillo Wine Tasting
Saturday, October 19th
7:30pm

Hermanos Lurton and Campo Eliseo

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2018 Hermanos Lurton Verdejo Rueda  
Price: $15.50       Sale $13.64

2016 Hermanos Lurton Verdejo Rueda Cuesta De Oro   
Price: $32.50       Sale $28.60

2017 Campo Alegre Verdejo Rueda        
Price: $23.50       Sale $20.68

2016 Campo Eliseo Verdejo Rueda          
Price: $55             Sale $48.40

2017 Hermanos Lurton Tempranillo Toro              
Price: $19.75       Sale $17.38

2013 Hermanos Lurton Cuesta Grande Toro        
Price: $39.75       Sale $34.98

2014 Campo Eliseo Cuvee Alegre Toro   
Price: $35.00       Sale $30.80

2012 Campo Eliseo Toro               
Price: $73.50       Sale $64.68

SWS
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Torres Ibericos Reserva 2012
Price: $24.50 Sale $21.56

Torres Celeste Crianza 2015
Price: $21.50 Sale $18.92

Oraculo Tempranillo 2009 Gb
Price: $87.75 Sale $77.22

Marques De Riscal Finca Torrea 2015
Price: $28.75 Sale $25.30

Allende Rioja 2011
Price: $30.50 Sale $26.84

Allende Rioja Mingortiz 2015
Price: $90.50 Sale $79.64
 
LVMH

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2016 Numanthia Termes Toro
Price: $19.50       Sale $17.16

2015 Numanthia Numanthia Toro Spain
Price: $45.00       Sale $39.60

Hidalgo Wines
 
2012 B De Basilio White Rioja
Price: $47.75 Sale $42.02

2016 Garmon Ribera del Duero
Price: $67.50 Sale $59.40

2012 Elias Mora Crianza Toro
Price: $36.50 Sale $32.12
  
2008  B De Basilio Red Rioja
Price: $47.75 Sale $42.02
 
Progress Wine Group

Muga Rosado 2018
Price: $19.75 Sale $17.38

Bodegas Ordóñez Triton Tinta de Toro 2017
Price: $22.25 Sale $19.58

PSI Ribera del Duero 2017
Price: $42.00 Sale $36.96

Pecina Rioja Crianza 2014
Price: $23.25 Sale $20.46

Muga Reserva 2015
Price: $34.50 Sale $30.36

Pecina Rioja Gran Reserva 2009
Price: $43.50 Sale $38.28
 
CVNE
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CVNE Monopole Clasico Blanco Seco 2016             
Price: $26.25       Sale $23.10

CVNE Ribera Del Duero Seleccion De Fincas 2017                 
Price: $15.75       Sale $17.89

CVNE Gran Reserva 2010                
Price: $37.25       Sale $32.78

CVNE Imperial Reserva 2014
Price: $46.25       Sale $40.70

CVNE Imperial Gran Reserva 2012               
Price: $84.00       Sale $73.92

Contino Reserva 2012     
Price: $46.25       Sale $40.70

Winebow

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Benjamin Romeo Que Bonita Cacareaba 2015       
Price: $70.25       Sale $61.82

Carlos Serres Gran Reserva 2010                 
Price: $26.25       Sale $23.10

Finca Villacreces Pruno 2017         
Price: $21.50       Sale $18.92

Bodegas Orben Orben Rioja 2015               
Price: $31.25       Sale $27.50

Hacienda Monasterio Ribera Duero 2016              
Price: $53.00       Sale $46.64

Bodegas Emilio Moro Malleolus 2016       
Price: $53.00       Sale $46.64

Hidalgo
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Garmon 2016 Ribera del Duero
Price: $67.50       Sale $59.40

2012 Elias Mora Crianza Toro      
Price: $36.75       Sale $32.34      

2012 # B De Basilio White Rioja       
Price: $47.75       Sale $42.02

2008 # B De Basilio Red       
Price: $47.75       Sale $42.02

Twenty One Wines
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Obalo Rioja Joven 2017 
Price: $15.00       Sale $13.20

Obalo Rioja Crianza 2016              
Price: $20.25       Sale $17.82

Obalo Rioja Reserva 2014
Price: $33.75       Sale $29.70

Atauta Ribera Del Douro 2015    
Price: $39.50       Sale $34.76

Atauta llanos de Al. Ribera Del Douro  2011
Price: $135.00    Sale $118.80

Atauta Parada Ribera Del Douro 2014     
Price: $30.00       Sale $26.40

Atauta Valdegatiles Ribera Del Douro 2010          
Price: $97.50       Sale $85.80

RNDC
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Montecillo 22 Barricas Grand Reserve 2010    
Price: $42.00       Sale $36.96

Condes De Valdemar Grand Reserve 2007
Price: $39.50       Sale $34.76

Monte La Riena VS 2008 Toro    
Price: $47.25       Sale $41.58

Monte La Riena Crianza
Price: $18.75       Sale $16.50

 

Alidis Reserve 2011
Price: $42.00       Sale $36.96

Alidis Expression 2011
Price: $64.50       Sale $56.76

 

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Menu
Jambon De Serrano and Manchego
Fried Garbanzo Beans dusted with lime and Paprika Salt
Panko Chicken Bites with Roasted Red Pepper Coulis
Chilean and Argentinian Empanadas
Torte Espanola Crostini with Smoked Tomato Sardine Sauce
Jambon De Serrano Wrapped Camarones with Mole BBQ

The fee for this tasting is $45 + tax, for reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail andy@winewatch.com

 

Rioja –The most famous Spanish Wine

The harvesting of wine in La Rioja has an ancient lineage with origins dating back to the Phoenicians and the Celtiberians. The earliest written evidence of the existence of the grape in La Rioja dates to 873, in the form of a document from the Public Notary of San Millán dealing with a donation to the San Andrés de Trepeana (Treviana) Monastery. As was the case in many Mediterranean lands in mediaeval times, monks were the main practitioners of winemaking in La Rioja and great advocates of its virtues. In the thirteenth century, Gonzalo de Berceo, clergyman of the Suso Monastery in San Millán de la Cogolla (La Rioja) and Spain's earliest known poet, mentions the wine in some of his works.

In the year 1063, the first testimony of viticulture in La Rioja appears in the "Carta de población de Longares" (Letter to the Settlers of Longares). The King of Navarra and Aragon gave the first legal recognition of Rioja wine in 1102. Vineyards occupied the usual part of rural landscapes in medieval Rioja during the High Middle Ages (10th-13th century)  There are proofs of Rioja wine export towards other regions as early as the late 13th century, which testifies the beginnings of a commercial production. From the 15th century on, the Rioja Alta specialized in wine growing. In 1560, harvesters from Longares chose a symbol to represent the quality of the wines. In 1635, the mayor of Logroño prohibited the passing of carts through streets near wine cellars, in case the vibrations caused a deterioration of the quality of the wine. Several years later, in 1650, the first document to protect the quality of Rioja wines was drawn up. In 1790, at the inaugural meeting of the Real Sociedad Económica de Cosecheros de La Rioja (Royal Economic Society of Rioja Winegrowers), many initiatives as to how to construct, fix, and maintain the roads and other forms of access for transportation of wine were discussed. The Society was established to promote the cultivation and commercialisation of Rioja wines and 52 Rioja localities participated.

In 1852, Luciano Murrieta created the first fine wine of the Duque de la Victoria area, having learned the process in Bordeaux. In 1892, the Viticulture and Enology Station of Haro was founded for quality-control purposes. In 1902, a Royal Decree determining the origin of Rioja wines is promulgated. The Consejo Regulador (Regulating Council) was created in 1926 with the objective of limiting the zones of production, expanding the warranty of the wine and controlling the use of the name "Rioja". This Council became legally structured in 1945 and was finally inaugurated in 1953. In 1970 the Regulations for Denominación de Origen were approved as well as Regulations for the Regulating Council. In 1991, the prestigious "Calificada" (Qualified) nomination was awarded to La Rioja, making it Spain's first Denominación de Origen Calificada (DOCa).

Limits of the Rioja D.O.C.

In 2008, the Regulatory Council for the La Rioja Denomination of Origin created a new logo to go on all bottles of wine produced under this designation. From now on bottles of wine from the La Rioja Qualified Denomination of Origin will no longer bear the familiar logo. In an attempt to appeal to younger wine-lovers, the long-standing logo will now be replaced with a brighter, more modern logo with cleaner lines. The aim is to reflect the new, modern aspects of wine-growing in La Rioja without detracting from the traditional wines. In theory, the new logo represents a Tempranillo vine symbolising “heritage, creativity and dynamism”. Consumers should start seeing the labels in October 2008. The Joven from 2008, Crianza from 2006, Reserva from 2005, and Gran Reserva from 2003 being released this year should bear the new label, in theory.

Located south of the Cantabrian Mountains along the Ebro river, La Rioja benefits from a continental climate. The mountains help to isolate the region which has a moderating effect on the climate. They also protect the vineyards from the fierce winds that are typical of northern Spain. The region is also home to the Oja river (Rio Oja), believed to have given the region its name. Most of the region is situated on a plateau, a little more than 1,500 feet (460 m) above sea level. The area is subdivided into three regions - Rioja Alavesa, Rioja Alta and Rioja Baja. La Rioja Alavesa and la Rioja Alta, located closer to the mountains, are at slightly higher elevations and have a cooler climate. La Rioja Baja to the southeast is drier and warmer. Annual rainfall in the region ranges from 12 inches (300 mm) in parts of Baja to more than 20 inches (510 mm) in La Rioja Alta and Alavesa. Many of Rioja's vineyards are found along the Ebro valley between the towns of Haro and Alfaro.

Wine regions
A wine from the Rioja Alavesa region.

The three principal regions of La Rioja are Rioja Alavesa, Rioja Alta and Rioja Baja with each area producing its own unique expression of Rioja wine. Most of the territory subjected to the Rioja Protected designation of origin is in the La Rioja region, even though their limits do not coincide exactly. There is a narrow strip in the left bank of the Ebro river lying in the southernmost part of Álava included in the La Rioja wine region, whereas the south-southwestern part of the La Rioja region is not a part of this Protected designation of origin.

Rioja Alta
Located on the western edge of the region and at higher elevations than the other areas, the Rioja Alta is known more for its "old world" style of wine. A higher elevation equates to a shorter growing season, which in turn produces brighter fruit flavors and a wine that is lighter on the palate.

Rioja Alavesa

Despite sharing a similar climate as the Alta region, the Rioja Alavesa produces wines with a fuller body and higher acidity.  Vineyards in the area have a low vine density with large spacing between rows. This is due to the relatively poor conditions of the soil with the vines needing more distance from each other and less competition for the nutrients in the surrounding soil.

Rioja Baja

Unlike the more continental climate of the Alta and Alavesa, the Rioja Baja is strongly influenced by a Mediterranean climate which makes this area the warmest and driest of the Rioja. In the summer months, drought can be a significant viticultural hazard, though since the late 1990s irrigation has been permitted. Temperatures in the summer typically reach 35 °C (95 °F).  A number of the vineyards are actually located in nearby Navarra but the wine produced from those grapes belongs to the Rioja appellation. Unlike the typically pale Rioja wine, Baja wines are very deeply coloured and can be highly alcoholic with some wines at 18% alcohol by volume. They typically do not have much acidity or aroma and are generally used as blending components with wines from other parts of the Rioja.

All the Rioja in the store:

2017 Obalo Rioja Joven
Price: $15.00       Your Price: $13.20            Quantity in Stock: 12

2016 Obalo Rioja Crianza
Price: $19.50       Your Price: $17.16            Quantity in Stock: 8

2015 Muga Aro Rioja
Price: $255.00    Your Price: $224.40          Quantity in Stock: 3

2015 Roda Reserva Rioja
Price: $54.00       Your Price: $47.52            Quantity in Stock: 12

2015 Alvaro Palacios Quinon De Valmira Rioja
Price: $465.00    Your Price: $409.20          Quantity in Stock: 11

2015 Muga Torre Muga Rioja
Price: $124.25Your Price: $109.34              Quantity in Stock: 11

2015 Muga Rioja Reserva Unfiltered
Price: $33.75       Your Price: $29.70            Quantity in Stock: 4

2014 Obalo Rioja Riserva
Price: $33.75       Your Price: $29.70            Quantity in Stock: 2

2012 CVNE Monopole Blanco Rioja
Price: $17.00       Your Price: $14.96            Quantity in Stock: 1

2012 Bodegas Roda Reserva Rioja Roda I
Price: $87.50Your Price: $77.00   Quantity in Stock: 12

2011 Sierra Cantabria Rioja Reserva
Price: $24.75       Your Price: $21.78            Quantity in Stock: 1

2010 Bodegas Valenciso Rioja Reserva
Price: $36.00       Your Price: $31.68            Quantity in Stock: 1

2010 CVNE Imperial Reserva Rioja MAGNUM
Price: $99.00       Your Price: $87.12            Quantity in Stock: 2

2010 Artadi Pagos Viejos Rioja Alvesa
Price: $120.00    Your Price: $105.60          Quantity in Stock: 3

2009 Bodegas Palacios Herencia Remondo Placet Valtomelloso Rioja DOC
Price: $30.00       Your Price: $26.40            Quantity in Stock: 1

2009 CVNE Vinedos del Contino Contino Gran Reserva Rioja
Price: $71.00       Your Price: $62.48            Quantity in Stock: 3

2007 Artadi Pagos Viejos Rioja
Price: $109.00    Your Price: $95.92            Quantity in Stock: 1

2006 Artadi Pagos Viejos Rioja
Price: $120.00    Your Price: $105.60          Quantity in Stock: 2

2005 Artadi Pagos Viejos Rioja
Price: $113.00    Your Price: $99.44            Quantity in Stock: 1

2005 Bodegas Roda Reserva Rioja Roda I
Price: $115.00    Your Price: $101.20          Quantity in Stock: 3

2003 Bodegas Roda Reserva Rioja Roda I
Price: $115.00    Your Price: $101.20          Quantity in Stock: 6

2002 Bodegas Roda Reserva Rioja Roda I
Price: $115.00    Your Price: $101.20          Quantity in Stock: 6

2000 Bodegas Roda Reserva Rioja Roda II
Price: $75.00       Your Price: $66.00            Quantity in Stock: 10

2000 Bodegas Roda Reserva Rioja Roda I
Price: $115.00    Your Price: $101.20          Quantity in Stock: 8

1999 Bodegas Roda Reserva Rioja Roda II
Price: $75.00       Your Price: $66.00            Quantity in Stock: 8

1998 Bodegas Roda Reserva Rioja Roda I
Price: $115.00    Your Price: $101.20          Quantity in Stock: 2

1998 Bodegas Roda Rioja Reserva Roda II
Price: $75.00Your Price: $66.00   Quantity in Stock: 3

1996 Bodegas Roda Reserva Rioja Roda II
Price: $75.00Your Price: $66.00   Quantity in Stock: 3

1996 Bodegas Roda Reserva Rioja Roda I
Price: $115.00    Your Price: $101.20          Quantity in Stock: 3

1993 Bodegas Roda Rioja Reserva Roda II
Price: $75.00       Your Price: $66.00            Quantity in Stock: 2

Ribera Del Duero

Officially, the Denominación de Origen (D.O.) of Ribera del Duero was founded on July 21, 1982 by an organization of wine producers and growers who were determined to promote the quality of their wines and enforce regulatory standards.

In practice, winemaking in Ribera dates back over 2,000 years to the Roman era, as evidenced by a recent find, a 66-meter mosaic of Bacchus, the god of wine, unearthed at Baños de Valdearados.  In the middle ages, new plantings by monasteries such as the Cistercians in Valbuena de Duero (first to arrive in the 12th Century) and the Benedictines from Cluny in Burgundy spurred a revival in local winemaking.  Ribera’s earliest underground cellars with their distinctive chimneys were built in the thirteenth century in towns across the region, and still serve to protect wines from the extreme climate.
Wine became an essential aspect of Ribera’s cultural and economic development facilitating trade with other areas of Spain and resulting in the first quality regulations, the "Ordinances of Castilla y León," in the fifteenth century.  Ribera wines were highly regarded for export at the height of the Spanish Empire in the 17th and 18th centuries, and in more recent times the founding of Bodega Vega Sicilia in 1864 heralded the quality credentials of the region prior to the formal establishment of the D.O.
Today, new technology and modern techniques as well as a respect for tradition have driven the quality of Ribera del Duero to its highest accomplishments in over two millennia of winemaking history. Ribera wines have received international acclaim and enjoy widespread distribution.
The climate of Ribera del Duero is unique and ideally suited to growing quality red grapes. Mediterranean with Continental influences, the Ribera climate is characterized by extremes; the region has the highest average elevation in Europe for growing red wine grapes, hot summers, cold winters, a short growing season, minimal rainfall, and a diversity of soils.  Combined, these conditions favor the highest quality winemaking.
Summers are short and hot with temperatures ranging from 50 to 60 °F (10 to 15.5 °C) at night to over 100 °F (38 °C) during the day.  Rapid daily temperature changes during the growing season facilitate healthy ripening of the grapes by day, and promote balanced acidity and aromatic complexity at night.  Moderate to low rainfall, with an average of approximately sixteen inches per year, and extremely limited summer rainfall, also contributes to a perfect, consistent ripening of the vine.
On average, the vineyards of Ribera are planted between approximately 2,500 to 2,800 feet (760 to 850 meters) above sea level (with some vineyards as high as 3,100 feet or 945 meters), resulting in considerable differential between night and daytime temperatures.
Soil conditions in Ribera are near-perfect, with a great diversity of soils extending from the banks of the Duero to the steepest slopes.  Closest to the river, soils are alluvial with sand and reddish clay.  At higher elevations, alternating layers of limestone, marl and even chalk are a notable feature, even with many outstanding plantings on limestone sites.
The main grape variety of the Ribera region is Tempranillo, known locally as Tinto Fino or Tinta del País. Tempranillo, an early-ripening variety, (from "temprano" meaning "early"), is ideally suited to Ribera’s shorter growing season and extreme conditions.
Widely planted and cherished throughout Spain, Tempranillo produces red wines that are well-balanced in sweetness, color and acidity and yields fresh and fruity characteristics with appealing aromas such as black plums, cherry, and licorice. In Ribera del Duero Tempranillo yields smaller berries, loose clusters and tougher skin, which encourages more skin-to-juice contact and promotes full-bodied, powerful wines that still retain the grape’s renowned elegance. The combination of power and elegance represents Tempranillo’s signature in Ribera del Duero, and the region’s singular contribution to winemaking today.
D.O. Ribera del Duero adheres to and closely monitors strict quality controls. During harvest each winery is assigned a surveyor by the Consejo Regulador of D.O. Ribera del Duero, the governing body that oversees all aspects of the viticultural and winemaking process. The Consejo regulates where the grapes come from, the varieties used, the percentages allowed, vineyard practices including pruning, density, and yields, winemaking procedures, alcohol levels and labeling. In practice, the wineries consistently outperform the high standards set by the Consejo in order to maximize quality production.
There are several designations for wines that are produced in the Ribera del Duero: Joven, Crianza, Reserva, Gran Reserva, and Rosado.
* Joven:  Joven wines have no oak at all. "Joven Roble" and "Joven Barrica" are interchangeable terms that refer to wines aged for a short period of three to six months in oak, released soon after harvest. All wines with a Joven classification are fruity and vibrant, and meant to be consumed quite young.
* Crianza:  Aged two years, a minimum of twelve months in oak barrels. They can be released after the first of October, two years after the harvest. These wines have well balanced tannins with a full-bodied and velvety mouthfeel.
* Reserva:  Aged three years, a minimum of twelve months in oak barrels; can only be placed on the market after the first of October of the third year after the harvest.  After twelve months in oak barrels, Reserva wines are then bottled and laid down in winery cellars, producing wines that are ready to drink once they enter the market. Reserva wines are elegant and intense, with a rich aftertaste that is long and persistent.
* Gran Reserva:  Wines of outstanding quality, made in select vintage years only. Aged a minimum of sixty months, with twenty-four months in oak barrels minimum followed by additional bottle aging. First release is allowed after the first of October, five years after the harvest. After twenty-four months in oak barrels, Gran Reserva wines are then bottled and laid down in winery cellars, producing wines ready that are ready to drink at the time of release. Gran Reserva wines are complex and structured, with great balance and vitality.
* Rosado:  Rosé wines are fermented without the skin of the grape and are available shortly after the harvest. Easy to enjoy, with refreshing wild-berry flavors.

The use of oak is closely regulated by type and classification. In addition, oak barrels are changed every four years on average.

Maximum Yields are limited to 7,000 kilograms per hectare (3.1 tons per acre). In practice, the average yields for the past twenty-two years have rarely exceeded 3,600 kilograms per hectare (1.6 tons per acre),  as grape-growers reduce quantity, driven by a pursuit of quality.

All the Ribera Del Douro in the store:

2016 Pingus Ribera Del Duero
Price: $1230.00  Your Price: $1082.40        Quantity in Stock: 6

2016 Flor de Pingus Ribera Del Duero
Price: $112.50    Your Price: $99.00            Quantity in Stock: 1

2015 Aalto Ribera Del Duero MAGNUM
Price: $120.00    Your Price: $105.60          Quantity in Stock: 4

2014 Atauta Parada Ribera del Duero
Price: $30.00       Your Price: $26.40            Quantity in Stock: 2

2014 Bodegas La Horra Corimbo Ribera Del Douro
Price: $37.50       Your Price: $33.00            Quantity in Stock: 9

2013 Bodegas La Horra Corimbo Ribera Del Douro I
Price: $75.00       Your Price: $66.00            Quantity in Stock: 12

2013 Dominio De Atauta Ribera Del Duero
Price: $39.00       Your Price: $34.32            Quantity in Stock: 4

2013 Bodegas Protos Reserva Red Ribera del Duero
Price: $45.00       Your Price: $39.60            Quantity in Stock: 6

2010 Valduero Reserva Premium 6 anos Ribera Del Duero
Price: $97.50       Your Price: $85.80            Quantity in Stock: 11

2010 Bodegas Casajus Vendima Seleccionada Ribera Del Duero
Price: $37.00       Your Price: $32.56            Quantity in Stock: 4

2010 Bodegas Los Astrales Ribera Del Duero
Price: $59.00       Your Price: $51.92            Quantity in Stock: 1

2008 Bodegas Alion Ribera del Duero
Price: $112.00    Your Price: $98.56            Quantity in Stock: 1

2008 Aalto Ribera Del Duero
Price: $71.00       Your Price: $62.48            Quantity in Stock: 1

2008 Bodegas Alejandro Fernandez Tinto Pesquera Millenium Reserva Ribera del Duero
Price: $150.00    Your Price: $132.00          Quantity in Stock: 7

2007 Flor De Pingus Ribera Del Duero
Price: $150.00    Sale Price: $119.75           Quantity in Stock: 1

2007 Vega Sicilia Unico Ribera Del Duero
Price: $359.00    Your Price: $315.92          Quantity in Stock: 1

2006 Bodegas Zifar Ribera Del Duero Seleccion Crianza
Price: $60.00       Your Price: $52.80            Quantity in Stock: 1

2006 Pingus Ribera Del Duero
Price: $995.00    Your Price: $875.60          Quantity in Stock: 1

2006 Condado De Haza Alenza Gran Reserva Ribera Del Duero
Price: $90.00       Your Price: $79.20            Quantity in Stock: 2

2005 Vega Sicilia Unico Gran Reserva Ribera del Duero
Price: $535.50    Your Price: $471.24          Quantity in Stock: 6

2005 Bodeaga Hermanos Vina Sastre Pago de Santa Cruz Ribera Del Duero
Price: $89.00       Sale Price: $69.00             Quantity in Stock: 4

2005 Bodegas JC Conde Neo Ribera Del Duero
Price: $57.00       Your Price: $50.16            Quantity in Stock: 1

2004 Vega Sicilia Unico Ribera Del Duero
Price: $469.00    Your Price: $412.72          Quantity in Stock: 3

2003 Vega Sicila Unico Ribera Del Duero
Price: $424.00    Your Price: $373.12          Quantity in Stock: 2

2003 Vega Sicilia Alion Ribera Del Duero
Price: $105.00    Your Price: $92.40            Quantity in Stock: 1

2003 Pingus Ribera Del Duero
Price: $1200.00  Sale Price: $800.00           Quantity in Stock: 1

1998 Pingus Ribera Del Duero
Price: $825.00    Sale Price: $635.00           Quantity in Stock: 1

Toro - The Bull in the Room

Toro is a place of long-standing wine-making traditions, as the vineyards go back to ancient Roman times.

The best soils for viticulture are composed of very sandy loams on the surface, with moisture-retaining clay below. The roots can thus easily work their way down to cooler depths that contain moisture and nutrition that are seriously lacking in such arid conditions on the surface. This type of soil, and the hot summer, produces ideal ripening conditions for grapes. The diversity of local soil composition adds to the wines' complexity: for example, vines whose soils have higher clay content will show greater fruit intensity, whilst those on sandy and gravelly soils will have more body and structure.

The Toro meso-climate is continental with an oceanic influence. With an average rainfall of only nine-to-12 inches (350 to 400 mm) per year, the region is very dry and at the limit of what is possible for non-irrigated vines. These could not survive without the humidity retained in the layers of clay in the sub-soil. The summer months are hot by day and cool by night, with thermal variations that are often greater than 20°C (68°F). Winter months are very cold. These extreme conditions produce grapes of exceptional quality.

 

Toro wines are made from a single grape variety specific to the region called "Tinta de Toro" - which is part of the Tempranillo family and is a pre-phylloxeran massal selection that is specific to this region. In Toro they believe this grape may be Spain's original variety, with Tempranillo in Rioja having sprung from it. Tinta de Toro is one of the darkest of all red grapes.

In the sandy soils of the region, "Tinta de Toro" is resistant to Phylloxera – one of the only places in Europe to have survived the blight. What is extremely rare in Europe is for these vines to be ungrafted and to have naturally resisted Phylloxera for over 140 years.

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2016 Numanthia Termes Toro
Price: $19.50       Your Price: $17.16            Quantity in Stock: 1

2014 Numanthia Numanthia Toro
2Price: $45.00    Your Price: $39.60            Quantity in Stock: 1
2013 Vatan Tinta De Toro
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