2007 Cal Blanca Toro

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90 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The opaque purple-colored 2007 Cal Blanca is 100% Tempranillo sourced from 80- to 100-year-old vines. It was aged in seasoned French oak for six months followed by three months in 5000-liter concrete tanks to provide unoaked oxygenation. It delivers a nose of roasted mineral, black cherry, and blackberry. This leads to a structured wine with exceptional richness, outstanding concentration, and a lengthy finish. Drink this remarkable value over the next six years." (06/09) 89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "($17; 100% tempranillo from 80+-year-old-vines planted on limestone) Glass-staining ruby. Highly pungent aromas of blackberry and blackcurrant preserves, violet and licorice. Impressively fresh in the mouth, displaying zesty dark berry flavors and a strong undercurrent of minerals. The floral quality repeats on the finish and lingers with very good tenacity." (Jul/Aug '09)

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/2/2010 | Send Email
This is spectacular Tempranillo. Very dense and muscular, but incredibly mineral as well; you can almost sense the deep limestone soils in the structure of this wine. If you have liked other Tempranillo-based wines such as Numanthia Termes, Venta Mazzaron or, more recently, Federico, then know that this is right up there, arguably even finer than two of these three (with less noticeable oak as well) and every bit as good a value.

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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 (%): 14