2005 Taurus Roble Toro

SKU #1050170

Produced from 100% Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo), the Taurus provides lots of richness, texture and fruit for the price. Black currants and other jammy dark fruit aromas lead to a soft, gulpable full-bodied wine. It's a textbook "This wine costs how much?" Spanish wine that should be a great addition to your rotation of Tuesday night values.

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Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/27/2009 | Send Email
Given that this 100% Tinta de Toro, the distinctive regional variant of Tempranillo, is harvested from deeply-rooted, gnomish bush vines planted roughly half a century ago in the sun-baked complex soils of Castilla y Leon, I would expect the Taurus to sell for twice the price. Built on a scaffold of dark, savory, minty fruit, subtly-seasoned by four months in new French oak and stainless, this mouthful will more than sate the palate in search of balance and excellent value. Pair it with a rich lentil soup for a warm and satisfying evening!

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- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.


- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5