The Campo Alegre, just the way we like our Tempranillo.
100% Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo) from 40 year old vines in Toro, Spain. The wine spends 14 months in 100% new French oak barrels.
Sample submitted for review. The Campo Alegre Toro has an SRP of $20. Imported by Diageo Chateau & Estates Wines.
From the winery (Francois Lurton):
An integral part of making a premium quality wine, as with the Grand Cru Classé of Bordeaux, is the rigorous selection of the lots of wine produced. A second wine, Campo Alegre, a baby brother to Campo Eliseo is produced using the exact same attention to detail, but which is lighter in style. The wines are the fruit of a partnership with Michel Rolland. Alegre is a musical expression which means "in a quick and lively tempo".
The 2012 Campo Alegre Toro begins with a pleasant aroma of black cherry, spice, plum, pepper and licorice. Tasting reveals this to be a big, dry, tasty, full-bodied Toro, just the way we like them. With lots of black cherry, ripe blackberry, spice, licorice, cola and touches of vanilla and chocolate this is a quality wine. It's dry and tannic on the long finish, just like it should be for a wine like this. It should also age quite nicely for the next few years so don't be afraid to throw a few bottles into your wine rack.
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