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Abracadabra Toro 2012 (2 bottles)
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Red Crianza. Bodegas Divina Proporción Toro, Spain Tinta de Toro
Bottle: £9.03 club members / £10.26 non-members
It has that magic touch of fine Toro wines: rusticity transformed into elegance. Made from the fruit of well-mature vineyards, with grapevines that can be as much as a hundred years old, this wine is full of balance, a balance between the rustic side (understanding by rusticity its genuine character, its natural fruitiness) and its elegance (the goodness of all wine obtained through devoted and patient toil).
It's a lively wine in the glass, a dark Picota cherry colour, with cardinal red hues on the rim and slowly-falling tears. It appears to be of medium density, and it isn’t one of those wines having great concentration. Its aromas are open, of unmasked fruit (blackberries, plums, blueberries) and fresh, very fresh, imparting a lovely balsamic touch which moves on to the delicate fragrance of violets. The nose is clean and elegant, a primary one, with a sweet touch and creamy undertones that remind us of the froth on recently-made coffee, plus hints of pencil shavings and cured cheese.
On the palate, after a supple but powerful entry, it is pleasurable and reasonably complex, with some earthy notes. It is medium-bodied too, with an unctuous texture and ripe tannins, yet still maintaining their vigour. Just to repeat: this wine is a real pleasure to drink and leaves us with a wonderful flavour in the mouth even on its finish: the creaminess of that coffee, the fine ageing notes and hint of caramel enhancing the aftertaste.
Abracadabra, the magic of Toro.
Meat casseroles / oxtail / game dishes / T-bone steak / roast suckling pig / barbecues
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Red Crianza. Bodegas Cyan Toro, Spain Tinta de Toro
Bottle: £9.72 club members / £14.49 non-members
Fruitiness and lushness alternated with seriousness, with a dash of astringency on the finish even, but no cause for concern. Fresh and dry once in the glass, on swirling, its fruit-forward character came alive, its sweetness and the gentle menthol notes reappeared. This is apparently a restrained and rigorous wine that cannot conceal its sweet inner self.
Colour? Dark Picota cherry, fairly deep. Notes on the nose? Jammy fruit, dried spices, liquorice, a bit of toast and menthol. Palate? Fruity, warm, intense, powerful, lively. Well-made, seeking elegance rather than opulence, as befits the house’s brand name: Matarromera.
Meat casseroles / stewed meats with mushrooms / cannelloni / game dishes
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Red Crianza. Maurodos Toro, Spain Tinta de Toro, Grenache
Bottle: £7.15 club members / £7.65 non-members
Having the character of a Toro wine but also with that Garnacha “spark”, its fruit complexity stands out in particular, the very open aromas, its accessibility: aromas of red fruit, dark fruit, fresh spices, scents of pine forests, subtle smoky notes, hints of barely ripe black olives, citrus and sweet notes from the fruit itself, all on a mineral background.
It may well be delicate on the nose, but it is seamless on the palate: meaty and intense, its smoothness and balance are astounding and captivating; it is very easy to drink, its intense acidity ensures it glides easily over the palate leaving a lovely velvety feeling, with floral hints, of rose petals, fascinating and enchanting. This is a little treasure, although having seen its price and knowing that it has been aged for more than a year in barrel (14 months), a great little treasure! Showing very subtle ageing notes (fine wood, chocolate, damp leather), which return for the aftertaste, and those really refreshing citrus undertones, this is a complete wine and suitable for all consumers.
It couldn't be any other way, a modern wine, rich in fruit, from the hand of a master, Mariano García.
Pork / chicken / meats with creamy sauces / to enjoy on its own
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Red Crianza. Maurodos Toro, Spain Tinta de Toro
Bottle: £18.77 club members / £21.33 non-members
Its cherry colour with a purple rim, fairly dense, will tinge the glass and begin to captivate us with its aromas, slowly unfurling, just like a peacock unfurling its majestic plumage under the gaze of admiring onlookers. Aromas of raspberries, wild strawberries, always lush ripe fruit, violet petals, hints of liquorice, a very pleasant menthol touch and wafts of dry earth... It is a wine with a marked mineral character.
On the palate it is extremely fruit-forward, with dark fruit, and it has impressive structure, with sweet and very ripe tannins. Its passage through the mouth is silky, with a more notable presence of ageing notes on the palate than the nose, always very well-integrated. It is long, exceedingly long, with great balance. Once again: this is a classy wine, powerful and with a long life ahead of it.
Decant it at least half an hour beforehand, then relax and enjoy it. If possible, put a couple of bottles by to have in a few years’ time, and your patience will be amply rewarded.
Ox fillet / oxtail / veal steak
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