This has evolved quite nicely from my tasting note of Aug '14. A tad smoky, hints of cigar box, raspberry, leather, licorice & definitely a "drink now". A fair amount of tannins left, coating the tongue with a better than medium finish. Tinto de Toro, or simply Toro, to my understanding = Tempranillo and this is 100% Tempranillo. More approachable earlier than the Rioja Reserves and at $15.99 that we paid, quite the steal. Lacks only the intense earthiness/cellar tastes that you get from Riojas, but it makes up for it with the 100% varietal with a lot of depth on its own. This is from Castille, which is not the Rioja area, but then I do not know Spanish geography. Comments welcome, but we sure like this.
17/20 * * * * VISUEL: superbe rubis foncé, vif OLFACTIF: framboise+, confituré, balsamique, garrigue GUSTATIF: super, dur costaud mais hyperfruité. Riche aux tanins bien présents mais très agréable. Longue finale sur la torréfaction ENSEMBLE:
Tried as a pop and pour, it was "tight" (young/not yet developed), decanted/aerated and let it breathe for 30 minutes and OH the difference! As started sipping, thought...ok, this is a lighter style Tempranillo (Tinto de Toro), but then it opened up: jammy, smoky, touch of licorice and perhaps cigar box. Good finish, tannin present. The alcohol and tannins are well-integrated and the wine generally balanced. Halfway between medium-bodied and robust, food-friendly. If you will decant/let it breathe, believe you will get the most out of this great QPR wine. Another year or two will further improve this wine.
Grade VG+. Could be a modern Chat-Neuf, an Auzzie Shiraz, a Cali Cab blend, Central Coast Syrah, a Modern Bordeux, Super Tuscan or any number of other over-extracted, internationalized wines. There is little to suggest this is Tempranillo from Spain, but it's great value, well made and enjoyable to drink. Almost black color, nose of jammy black fruit, tar, figs, plums, menthol, tobacco, palate of intense blackberries, plums, raisins, decent acidity, low, fine, tannins,high alchohol.
My Grades: EXX=Exceptional, EX=Excellent, VG=Very Good, G=Good, O=Ordinary, P=Poor, U=Ungraded
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