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Alvar De Dios Aciano 2014 750ml

Rated 93 - The second vintage of the red Toro 2014 Aciano was cropped from an ungrafted three-hectare vineyard with a density of 900-1,000 plants...
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Bodegas Ordonez Vatan Tinta De Toro 2013 750ml

Rated 93 - I also tasted the just-bottled 2013 Vatan, from a completely different vintage that despite the cooler growing season, achieved 2% more...
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Maquina & Tabla Paramos De Nicasia Toro Red 2014 750ml

Rated 90 - The nose of the 2014 Páramos de Nicasia, a field blend of Tinta de Toro and 20% Garnacha, felt a little heady and aromatic but somehow...
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Numanthia Numanthia 750ml

Rated 93 - Very pretty, balanced red with lead-pencil, berry and floral character on the nose and palate. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a...
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Numanthia Termanthia 750ml

Rated 95 - The 2009 Termanthia has a fragrant bouquet of dark berries, mulberry, juniper and lavender, with vanilla-tinged notes emanating from the...
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Numanthia Termes 2013 750ml

Rated 90 - The 2013 Termes, from a slow ripening, cold and wet vintage, is pure Tinta de Toro (aka Tempranillo) from a number of 30- to 50-year-old...
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Sabor Real Joven 2008 750ml

Rated 90 - The 2008 Sabor Real was produced from 70+-year-old estate vines. Dark ruby-colored, it offers up a splendid bouquet of crushed rock,...
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Telmo Rodriguez Gago 2013 750ml

Rated 92 - Thick, solid and balanced, this red delivers plum, cola and tarry flavors. Ripe but savory, supported by muscular tannins and balsamic...
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Telmo Rodriguez Toro Dehesa Gago 2014 750ml

Rated 91 - Black cherry, boysenberry, cola and mineral flavors mingle in this ripe, lively red. The muscular tannins are well-integrated, and...
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Teso La Monja Almirez 2014 750ml

Rated 92 - More expensive is their 2014 Almirez, which spends much longer time in oak and comes from vines 15-65 years old in slightly higher...
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Teso La Monja Romanico 2014 750ml

Rated 92 - The 2014 Romanico is the better value of the two, with fabulous, dense blackberry and cassis fruit, with licorice, camphor and forest...
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Teso La Monja Victorino 2013 750ml

Rated 93 - Inky purple. Explosive black and blue fruit preserves, incense and vanilla on the nose, plus suggestions of smoky minerals, licorice and...

Castilla Y Leon Spain Tempranillo Toro

The ancient, arid and beautiful region of Castilla y Leon is the largest in Spain, and amongst the largest single 'regions' in any country of Europe. It has been famed throughout the centuries for its architecture, its people, its art and literature, and not least for its characterful and flavorful wines, which capture the beating heart and passion of Spain and Spanish culture. Castilla y Leon is essentially a vast plateau, and is extremely dry, with a poor soil structure which one might think would make viticulture difficult, if not impossible. However, Castilla y Leon has plenty of native grape varietals which are able to stretch their roots deep underground, to tap into the moisture and minerals which can be found there.

Ever since the Phoenicians and Romans brought their knowledge of vine cultivation to Spanish soils, the country's culture has grown alongside wine production, with wine being a vital part of Spanish identity and Spanish traditions. Each region of Spain has a wine quite distinct from the others, and it is produced by smallholders and families as much as it is by large companies and established wineries. From the relatively mild and lush regions of La Rioja to the arid plateaus that surround Madrid, grapes are grown in abundance for the now booming Spanish wine industry, and new laws and regulations have recently been put in place to keep the country's standards high. By combining traditional practices with modern technology, Spanish wineries are continuing to produce distinctive wines of great character, flavor and aroma, with the focus shifting in recent decades to quality over quantity.

There are plenty of notable native Spanish grapes which have made a big impression on the wine world at large, but none are as renowned or as widely loved as the Tempranillo varietal. This black skinned grape has been used for wine making for centuries, with several ancient civilizations noticing the fact that it is highly versatile and holds some delicious flavors and aromas, perfect for those looking for a powerful yet elegant grape for their wines. Tempranillo often causes winemakers some trouble, however, as it is highly susceptible to many diseases. Despite this, plenty continue to persevere with this varietal, as it is perfect for producing delicious and complex single variety and blended wines, packed full of classic Spanish flavors and plenty of aromatic and intense surprises.