A source price of $20 and available for as low as $14. Sample submitted for review. Tempranillo from Toro, Castilla y Leon, Spain. Aged in a combination of neutral oak barrels and concrete vats.
From the bottle:
“Story: The wines of Toro have been making a name for themselves ever since the days of Don Quixote. Tempranillo vines, known locally as Tinto de Toro, sprout from arid, stony soils in the remote Duero river valley east of Zamora. Grown in the shape of a goblet, these vines produce fruit splendid enough to charm a country gentleman in search of adventure.
Taste: A hypnotic rainbow of aroma comprised of blackberries and cherries with dramatic bursts of cocoa, caramel and balsamic. Sipping the wine reveals a colossus of flavor capable of mesmerizing the purist heart and the sturdiest mind. We suggest you stop imagining how it might taste and take a bottle home for yourself and a friend.
The 2012 90+ Cellars Lot 114 Toro Tempranillo begins with a very pleasant aromas of blackberry, black cherry, a little spice and a good dose of balsamic. Taking a sip reveals a big, dry and tasty wine with more blackberry and black cherry fruit plus a nice earthy note. Chocolate, caramel and tobacco also intertwine excellently with some light spice notes. It ends dry and long with a lip-puckeringly good finish!