The New Old Kid!!
April 4, 2011
In the age of smartphones, Ipads, and the internet on demand, the idea of discovering or coming across some new and exciting is kinda cool and even better is discovering something that has been there all along but has remained unknown until now. But watching the discovery channel you get the feeling that it’s all been done before, and that there is nothing left to rediscover.
But as wine lovers there are literally hundreds of new grapes styles, blends and region for us to discover and rediscover.
Just look at Spain a country that every and their mother have started to take an interest in of late. Not to long ago people were only interested in Rioja and those few who heard of it, Ribera del Duero. But there’s a new kid on the block, with some very old vines; Toro.
The wine-producing region of Toro lies at the western extremity of the Castilla y Leon region in northwest Spain. With a base of sandy loam, rocks and clay, the region is incredibly dry and truly at the limit of what is possible for non-irrigated vines to endure; yet somehow they do, some of the vines in this area are over 100 years old and manage to produce exceptional fruit.
Toro reds are immensely rich, densely concentrated wines made from a single grape variety called Tinta de Toro. Known to the rest of the world as Tempranillo. The Toro version of this grape is actually an extremely rare pre-phylloxera clone specific to this region that has naturally resisted phylloxera for more than 140 years. We have