Hello everyone! It’s Wino Wednesday, so let’s talk about a new wine I’m trying out.
Name: Tierras Guindas Tinta de Toro
Varietal: 100% Tinta de Toro (aka Tempranillo)
Wine type: Red
Region: Toro (Northwestern Spain near the Portuguese border)
Aging: 100% French Oak
On the Nose: mixed berry, including blackberry, raspberry, plum, and cherry; slight light rose floral; fig; earth (wet mud); pink peppercorn; black pepper
On the Palate: Slightly floral; definite spice, raspberry and plum; noticeable but light tannins; noticeable but light acidity; light and viscous
Review and Info
This wine comes from the Tinta de Toro grape, also known as the Tempranillo grape. This is interesting because the people of Toro have great pride in their wine and insist that Tempranillo and Tinta de Toro are not one in the same. From all the research I’ve done, it appears that this distinction brings great controversy among the winos of the world. To be honest, I think I have to agree more with the people of Toro. Tempranillo, by contrast, feels heavier and more robust, whereas this wine is large in flavor but delicate in texture and on the tongue.
There is a local proverb in Toro, “Tomando vino de Toro, mas que comer de voro” which translates to “Drinking Toro wines is more devouring than eating.” Okay, I like these people. A lot. These are my kind of people.
The Toro region lies in the Duero River Valley region with the Cordillera Cantabrica Mountains and the Bay of Biscay to the North; the Atlantic Ocean to the West; and the Central Mountains to the South. The Duero River splits the region into two: North and South of the River. This means that the area North of the river experiences a slightly higher elevation, and as a result, colder night-time temperatures than its Southern counterpart. The higher elevation and colder temperatures are great for producing some of the finest Tempranillo grapes, as the colder temperatures allow the grape to ripen slowly, which is great for red wines. It’s Southern counterpart experiences a lower elevation and slightly higher temperatures which makes is more suited to white wine grapes.
This is a very cool wine. It is very drinkable on its own, and something I could easily serve to
guests for a cocktail hour. The light viscosity makes it feel like a Pinot Noir in some ways, but the Tinta de Toro contains much more dimension than a Pinot. It’s level of spicy, sweet, fruit, floral confusion is really quite fun. One second you are tasting the peppery spice, and in the next sip it’s like raspberries, figs and plums had a sugarplum dance in your mouth. And, at $7.99/bottle, I say WINNER!! I’ve mentioned in my previous post that I like to keep the wine under $15/bottle during the week, so this one is definitely on the weekly “can purchase” list.
The only drawback to this grape is that it tends to oxidize fairly quickly. If you open the bottle, seal it tightly or share it with friends. It’ll go bad in two days if not sealed properly.
Pairing this Wine with Food
When I began thinking about what I would pair this with, I was at quite a loss. My first thought was a nice Risotto, but I think that wouldn’t really showcase either the wine or the food well. However, a herb-encrusted lamb dish would be incredible with this wine. Not cooking lamb anytime soon? No worries, I also think a really well made cheeseburger would go well with this too. And, now that I’ve had a glass, I really want lamb and a cheeseburger.
Bitter Glitter Rating
3 stars (out of 5)
Let me know if you get a chance to try this wine! I’d love to hear what you think about it!
Stay Glittery, Winos!