This wine was recommended by one of our readers, so when I opened it, decanted it, and found the first scents and tastes to be young, rangy, and slightly funky, I thought, “Oh-oh. Hope I don’t have to disappoint someone, or not review it at all.”
WELL. Let me tell YOU. It began to reveal its beauty and quiet strength about 45 minutes after decanting. Hallelujah! This one turned out to be hugely delicious, although more subtle than most Spanish wines we’ve experienced.
Dark ruby, pink edges. Legs.
Very sophisticated. Balanced, beautiful flavor and texture. Lush with oak. Medium-bodied, smooth, supple.
Later: Lush, bright cherry and raspberry notes.
Long finish at middle and back of tongue, a tiny bit of fire and spice at top of throat.
Wine diamonds positively lined the decanter. This was a little disconcerting, but we’ve written about this in the past as being a sign of natural and very good winemaking. (See http://
LABEL NOTES: In 1954 my father, Miguel Torres, was already seeking out the most prized grapes of the region to create a different wine that would express the authentic character of the land. This led to the birth of “Sangre de Toro,” whose name is inspired by Bacchus, Roman god of wine, known in ancient times as “Son of the Bull.” SERVING SUGGESTIONS: Perfect with stews, game, meat paellas and the most traditional mountain cuisine. Serve at 18° C [64-65° F].
If you can’t find it locally, it’s available for $11.99 online at http://store.liquorama.net/torres-sangre-de-toro-red-wine-2009-spain.aspx
Sample received for review.