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Telmo Rodriguez Pago la Jara Tempranillo

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Here we have a fuller style of tempranillo from the northern Spanish region of Toro. It's a powerful wine that has some generous oak, and shows smells of dark cherries, chocolate, blackcurrants and earthy spice on the nose, whilst the palate is quite fleshy and plush, with a concentrated spicy berry core, solid tannins, and a long, spice and cedar finish. This will benefit from a bit more time, or plenty of air with some slices of jamon.

Winemaker's Notes

D.O. Toro is about 1.5 hours due north of Madrid and specialises in Tempranillo. Toro's soil is rich, alluvial, and the temperature is blistering in summer, which makes it famous for very boisterous, full-bodied dry reds. It will not surprise if Toro continues to evolve as a key site for those attempting to garner Parker points by following the sugar-&-oak recipe for success!

Historically, Toro is an area of ancient yet impoverished viticulture which had been largely forgotten until recently. At the end of the 1990s, Toro started to be discovered once again, mostly because the influence of nearby Ribera del Duero. Unlike Ribera del Duero, Toro can draw on a wealth of old vineyards. Compañia de Vinos Telmo Rodriguez is part of Toro's renaissance. The replanting of ungrafted vines, without American rootstocks, has allowed them to explore Tempranillo intimately in its purest expression.

Faux-coffee-chicory roast aromas dance over a ‘garden of stones’, deep, cold-damp rock, yielding to wild anise and cranberry. Low, puckered and savoury, without the sugary extract Toro too often produces. Blue fruit perfume matches the fruit tannin in the mouth, enveloped by mineral, spice, oak and earth.

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