Thursday, November 7, 2013

Weekly Wine Review - Spanish Red - 2005 Finca Sobreño Toro

I am a big fan of Spanish wines. Wine is such a part of Spain's everyday life that most wines from Spain are very food friendly. I tend to drink quite a bit of Rioja, made from the Tempranillo grape.  Toro is a region south and west from Rioja, closer to Portugal that also specializes in Tempranillo based wines, but there they call the grape Tinto de Toro.

 I first tried wines from the Toro a few years ago, made by Numanthia - and thought they were excellent, with great fruit aromas and flavors from the warmer region.

I am looking for other good wines from these region - so today we will try another from Finca Sobreño.

Wine: 2005 Finca Sobreño Toro
Region: South Australia
Grape Varieties: Tinto de Toro (Tempranillo)
Obtained from: Purchased at Total Wine & More
Price: $20.00
Wino4Life Category: Everyday Wine
Aeration before tasting: Just a swirl or two, no special aeration.

Cork Condition: Natural cork - no defects or issues. (Other than a big chunk in my glass, oops!)
Appearance: Wine is clear, dark red to purple in color with a pink rim.
Aroma: Dark fruits like blackberries, vanilla, spices, with a bit of oak or cedar.
Taste: Very ripe fruit, nice level of acidity, a balanced  amount of tannins.  I can taste of bit of oak, but it is not overpowering.

The Grade: I give this one a B+.  I prefer the Numanthia Termes, but for $10 less a bottle this wine provides a very tasty alternative.  Stay tuned - I am still on the hunt for other great wines from Toro.

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