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*Viore Crianza*

Tinta de Toro

Toro, Spain

Alc. 14.5 %

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The Viore Crianza hails from a small patch of land in Castilla y Leon, in northwestern Spain. The area is becoming increasingly well-known for its powerful, full-bodied red wines made from Tinto de Toro, one of the hundreds of clones of Tempranillo. Very small amounts of white wine are also made here.

The region is named for the town of Toro, an ancient settlement just 65 kilometres east of the Portuguese border, located on the Duero River. The winery is perched on a plot of two hectares on the outskirts of Rueda. The winery uses the best practices of traditional harvesting methods and ancient customs, combined with innovative practices, such as night harvesting. This type of grape collecting is valued by professionals, as it keeps the fruit at low temperatures during the process, which makes for higher quality wines.

Toro reds must contain a minimum of 75% Tempranillo, and may use other blending grapes, such as Garnacha. The wine is often aged in American oak for varying lengths of time.

This wine should be served at 18 C. Cellar from now to 2026.

Smell

This wine is powerful on the nose, while also being quite nuanced with aromas of black cherry, blackberry, plum, cherries, cranberry, tomato leaf, balsamic, vanilla and notes of oak, tobacco, and earth.

Taste

This Crianza has a lot of character in the mouth - it is fruit-driven and warm, meaty and full-bodied. Flavours of juicy red and black berries, plum, cherries, and hints of baking spice. The tannins are well-rounded and balanced, and there is a lower acidity here; this wine has a lingering finish of cassis, tobacco, liquorice, vanilla, herb, spice, and leather.

Pairing

Pair to match the wine's intensity: try with grilled lamb or a faro and roasted red pepper salad. Other good choices include pasta with red sauce, polenta, and pizza.

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