Yaso 2012 Toro
Blend: 100% Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo)
Aging: 6 months, French oak
Price point: $15-$20. I bought this bottle at Costco for just under $10
In my most recent article I mentioned that I have been exploring a lot of Spanish wines lately. I am still extremely fond of Napa, but my budget is really liking my frugal side, and actually my palate has been really pleasantly surprised.
This wine is no exception. This is a really nice big bold, well-rounded wine. I decanted for an hour and sampled the wine over a 4 hour period and then again after 24 hours decanting. The wine opened up nicely after an hour. The nose is predominantly blackberry with a hint of cherry pie. The palate is big, robust and drier than I expected – a good thing. This would be a Cabernet lovers Tempranillo. A little spice, a little chocolate a little licorice a little ripeness. Not too much of each, and some very nice texture on the back end that reminds me of “Rutherford dust” a texture like fine dust or chalk that gives the wine a nice weighty mouth-feel. The 13.5% alcohol is really a nice change from a lot of the new world wines which are loaded up with a generally pretty crappy cheap port like sweetness from too much alcohol. This wine rocks. Especially for only $10. This would be a decent bargain at $20.
Weekly Wine Journal rating: 94 points, awesome.
The back of this wine bottle has a little map and some interesting information about the climate and vineyard.
The vines are at about 2,200-2,400 feet in clay and limestone soil. The average April to October temperature is 61.3F, which to me is pleasant because in Phoenix where I live the average temperature during that time is about 85F. Annual rainfall in the Toro region is only about 16 inches, which makes it quite a bit drier than Napa Valley