Tasting Date: March 2011
Varietal: Sangre de Toro Tempranillo
Country: Northeatern, Spain
Tasting Date Price: $10.99
Rating: WS 2007 84; WE 2006 86
Alcohol Content: 14.0%
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Visual Aspect: Sangre de Toro Tempranillo is a deep inky-red color with a highly dense opaque core going out into a fine, slightly tinged crimson-red rim definition with high viscosity.
Nose: There are layers of crushed black plum; freshness from eucalyptuslike herbal notes; meaty, fleshy elderberry juice character; earthy, slightly spicy black cherry; and crushed stone minerals with undertones of tar, gunpowder and licorice root.
Palate: On the palate: It’s a concentrated effort with freshly crushed black cherries, black plum skins, black licorice, blackberry liqueur, beef jerky, creme de cassis, and notes of roasted meats and smoked bacon. The midpalate offers proof of Sangre de Toro’s solid structure with balanced, supple tannins interlaced with red fruit and bell peppers, going into a seriously lingering finish that won’t quit the palate even after a minute.
Food Pairing: Perfect with stews, game, meat paellas and traditional mountain cuisine. Serve at 18ºC.
In the year 1954 my father, Miguel Torres, was already seeking out the most prized red grapes of the region, Garnacha and Cariñena, to create a different wine that would express the authentic character of the land. This led to the birth of “Sangre de Toro”, whose name is inspired by Baccus, Roman god of wine, known in ancient times as “Son of the Bull”.
Odds and ends: This is the famous “bull’s blood” wine from Torres, which is an homage to Bacchus, the Roman god of wine. It is one of the first wines I ever tasted as a young boy in Denmark. Although I have a long familiarity with it, I never felt the quality to be up to par for a review in this column. That is, until this 2007 vintage made from the classic Spanish grape varietal tempranillo, also known as tinto rojo.