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Corral de Campanas 2009 (2 bottles)
Dominio del Bendito El Primer Paso 2010 (2 bottles)
Flor de Vetus 2010 (2 bottles)
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Young red Crianza. Quinta de la Quietud Toro, Spain Tinta de Toro
Bottle: £7.47 club members / £8.49 non-members
In appearance, it is not surprisingly a wine from Toro: intensely coloured, bright, dense without becoming opaque, so showing violet hues; still young. On the nose, it is an approachable Toro, of medium to high complexity, intense, warm and fruit-forward as befits a fine Toro wine. It is pleasantly sweetish, with some subtle spicy nuances, of pine needles as well as minerals that lead to an empty bottle before we have even noticed. Its acidity is well-integrated, its good structure and fresh tannins make for a rounded, pleasurable wine that you could never grow tired of. It is not an overly powerful wine, but thoroughly pleasant, generous and well-finished, and comes over as a nicely composed wine to enjoy at any time.
Once convinced of its virtues, we might wonder whose hands have brought this lovely creation to life. On learning his name, we smile knowingly: it is none other than Jean-François Hébrard, an oenologist originally from Bordeaux but with a long and successful career in the Rhone, who was introduced to this region by friends in the profession and who fell in love with and saw the potential of the terroir of Toro, especially those really old vines, away from the river, imbuing their grapes with minerality and complexity as a result of having to penetrate their roots deep into the soil to find water. Thank you, Jean-François.
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Young red Crianza. Dominio del Bendito Toro, Spain Tinta de Toro
Bottle: £9.71 club members / £11.02 non-members
This Primer Paso has just left the winery but it is ready to be enjoyed now - a great virtue of the Tinta de Toro grape variety when handled well. Intense fruit, explosive, shows off its vibrant character not only in the colour (lively, bright, intense, glycerine) but also on the nose and palate; the fruit is, at every stage, predominant (blackberries and blueberries), so there is no lack of complexity due to its density. It is a complex wine: those first aromas of fresh fruit and warm earth, lovely, evolve in the glass to give way to notes of oak ageing in very good measure (toasty nuances, coffee, spices, hazelnuts, liquorice) complemented by a subtle minerality and a pleasant touch of sweetness. Delicious.
Its excellent acidity and its noticeable but velvety tannins (extraordinary in a 2010!) allow the wine to caress the palate as well as show body and power on the palate, definitely full-bodied. Primer Paso de Dominio del Bendito is juicy, elegant, rounded - a serious wine with character. Don’t let its 15 per cent worry you, as you don’t notice it, and if you can get a few bottles to put away in the right conditions for a few years, then do so; you won’t regret it.
NOTE: We recommend decanting the wine half an hour beforehand so that it can display all its virtues to the full.
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Young red Crianza. Bodegas Vetus Toro, Spain Tinta de Toro
Bottle: £6.90 club members / £7.38 non-members
Along the lines of both this bodega’s other wines and those of the rest of the group, it offers an excellent extraction and depth of fruit, intense and full-bodied, with good structure and balance, of medium complexity, oily (which is immediately obvious due to its abundant tears), sweet, juicy and with tannins evident but not dominant. This is a wine to enjoy while it is still young.
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