Christopher Columbus admired the wines of Toro so much for their longevity that he brought them on his voyage to discover America in 1492. When Phylloxerra decimated most vineyards in Spain in the late 19th century, they were replanted with vines from Toro that survived. Throughout its history, the deeply colored and hearty red wines of Toro have been known for their ability to endure extreme conditions in the vineyard and many years in the bottle. Like those classic Timex watch ads, this wine can take a licking and keep on ticking.
Toro wines are made from Tempranillo grapes harvested from sparsely planted bush vines grown on the western part of Spain’s central plateau near the banks of the Duero River as it winds its way towards Portugal. Here, in this ancient, rural landscape, winters are frigid, summers are brutally hot, and rainfall is scarce. Most of the soil is poor and unable to support anything other than vines and roaming flocks of sheep. Yet, despite these severe conditions, superbly concentrated, long-lasting, full-bodied reds are born.
Our Toro comes from Tempranillo grapes (known locally as Tinto de Toro) grown in arid, stony soils and transformed into a wine possessing hypnotic aromas of blackberries and cherries with dramatic bursts of cocoa, caramel and balsamic. At first taste, its powerful texture and layers of savory aromas captivated us. We're thrilled to finally share it with you.
As the weather cools and your table calls for a more robust wine to go with the flavors of fall, consider this splendid red. Plus, you can have yourself a taste of the wine Columbus may have sipped when he discovered the new world.