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Review | Yaso 2012 Toro

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Yaso 2012 Toro

Yaso 2012 Toro

Blend: 100% Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo)

Aging: 6 months, French oak

Alcohol: 13.5%

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

 

 

4 inexpensive and tasty Spanish wines

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On a recent trip to Orlando Florida I found myself at Whole Foods buying the wine for a business dinner.  I don’t normally shop at Whole Foods where I live in Phoenix because there isn’t one nearby.  It was interesting seeing a new variety of selections to choose from.  I decided to go with an all Spanish mix.

Can Blau 2012

Can Blau 2009

2009 Can  Blau, Montsant Spain

Blend: 40% Carinena, 40% Syrah, 20% Garnacha

Aging: 1 year French oak

This is a big wine.  It would benefit from some decanting.  It has a powerful mouth feel, solid acidity. The fruit profile is predominantly cherry and plum with some toasty oak and pepper notes.

Price Point:  About $10-$15 although I have seen it at Costco for under $10

Weekly Wine Journal rating 87 points, good value.

 

 

2011 Torremoron Ribera del Duero

2011 Torremoron Ribera del Duero

Bodegas Torremoron, Ribera del Duero 2011

Blend: 100% Tempranillo

This wine is a ridiculously good bargain.  The amazing purity of really shines through and is made all the more interesting by the fact that this red wine is un oaked.

Deep and rich, ripe.  Cherries, black berries with licorice and spice.  The color is a beautiful ruby color.  The nose is perfume like, in a subtle way.  The tannins are fantastic with a dusty, earthy, chalky like texture.  If you’re not much of a wine drinker I know that last description sounds awful, but it’s really not.  It’s a mouth feel not a taste.

Price Point: $10-$15

Weekly Wine Journal rating 90 points, amazing deal

 

bodegas LAN Crianza 2008

bodegas LAN Crianza 2008

Bodegas LAN, Rioja Crianza 2008

Blend: 100% Tempranillo

Aging: 12 months American and French oak

This is the lightest wine of the group, not only in color but also in weight and taste.  Light and fruity, yet still tangy and chewy.  The nose is subdued, not apparent at first sniff.  This wine was not my favorite on the first night of it being open so I left the entire bottle out over night.  The next night there was a dramatic improvement.  The wine really came together and benefited from about 24 hours of decanting.

Weekly Wine Journal rating 87 points, a decent wine

 

Bodegas LAN Reserva 2007

Bodegas LAN Reserva 2007

Bodegas LAN, Rioja Reserva, 2007

Blend: 90% Tempranillo, 5% Graciano, 5% Mazuelo

Aging: 15 months American and French oak

Of the  four wines tasted, this was my favorite.  It’s a big wine that doesn’t act like one.  The acidity is in check, the balance of fruit to oak is very nice.  The fruit is dark, predominantly black cherry.  The acidity, oak and ripeness play together nicely like ginger and vanilla and caramel.

Price Point: $15-$20

Weekly Wine Journal rating: 94 points, a great wine.

 

 

 

Spanish Wine debuts at Arizona’s Running of the Bulls

Original Sparkling Red Wine Cocktail of Spain
Makes U.S. Debut at Arizona’s Run with the Bulls

What:

A drink familiar to most who have lived in or visited Spain has finally made its way to the United States and will make its debut at another iconic Spain event – Arizona’s own Running With the Bulls in Cave Creek, Ariz., on October 19 & 20.

Tintano is a sparkling red wine cocktail based on Spain’s famous wine beverage, Tinto de Verano. In Southern Spain, this popular beverage is composed of red wine with soda water typically served over ice with a squeeze of lemon or lime. The Tintano formula is made from a high quality 100 percent Spanish Tempranillo wine fused with light carbonation. It is 4.5% ABV, very low sugar and carbohydrates and has only 85 calories per 8.5 ounce serving. It comes in bottles of 200ml, 500 ml, 750ml 1 liter, and 1.5 liters.

Tintano is a major sponsor of the Running of the Bulls USA in Cave Creek, Ariz., on Saturday, October 20. According to Tintano Western Sales Director Marco Sanders – this Spanish-inspired event is the ideal venue to introduce Tintano to the U.S. market.

“Anyone who has been to Spain or the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona will be familiar with Tintano. It is so much a part of the culture, lifestyle and festivities of the Spanish people.” He says. “We are proud to be the first (and only) to introduce this refreshingly delicious Spanish beverage to the U.S. consumer, and proud to sponsor the Running of the Bulls USA. We’re excited to share this unique and beautiful drink in such an appropriately festive setting.”

Tintano will have three tents at the Running of the Bulls, including a Tintano lounge, where participants and spectators can sample and enjoy the cocktail. It is also hosting two events for participants the night before the run.

“The night before the runs in Pamplona are a big party. There is no sleep, only excitement and celebration. We will create some of that excitement and atmosphere in Cave Creek,” says Sanders.

When:
Run with the Bulls USA

  • Media Day: Friday, October 19  5:00 p.m.
  • Event Day: Saturday, October 20 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Where:
5632 E. Yucca Road, Cave Creek, AZ