2015 Telmo Rodriguez "Dehesa Gago" Toro

SKU #1358382 92 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Another terrific value is the 2015 Dehesa Gago. Made from 100% Tempranillo brought up all in concrete and stainless-steel tanks, it has a rounded, supple, elegant style to go with pretty notes of dried violets, black cherries, blueberries, and dried earth. This smoking value is impeccably balanced, has integrated acidity, and fine tannin. It way over-delivers and will keep for at least 2-4 years.  (3/2018)

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Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/1/2018 | Send Email
Telmo Rodriguez is one of Spain's greatest current winemakers. Although better known for his Rioja and Ribera del Duero projects, he makes wines from around Spain, including this Toro. Toro wines have a bit of a reputation for being dense and difficult, but Telmo's Toro is both elegant and poised without losing its weight and concentration. The wine is packed with luscious black fruit, savory sweet spice and a well-integrated structure. I'd definitely say this is among the best Toro's I've had.

Staff Image By: Chantel Carroll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/7/2018 | Send Email
You can almost taste the hot days of the Toro region in this wine. Sun ripened black cherries, boysenberries, juicy plums, and dried wild flowers fill the nose. The palate is rich and full with silky tannins, and finishes with dried fruits and a touch of black pepper. This wine would be amazing with grilled sausages!

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/6/2018 | Send Email
Toro, the Spanish D.O. region which also means "bull," is known for its local thicker skinned clone of Tempranillo, whose tannins can indeed be fierce. This is one of the examples from the region that gets the balance between fruit, tannin and oak just right - no surprise as the winery is under the Telmo Rodriguez umbrella (we have recently featured Telmo's delicious LZ Rioja, amongst others). Aromas and flavors of sweet red fruits combine with licorice, dried figs and candied citrus peels in the background, with balanced acidity and tannins leaving an overall dry, balanced impression. There is fruit - and plenty of it - but not at the expense of typical regional character or overall balance. This is my early pick for the summer grilling season.

Staff Image By: Joe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/6/2018 | Send Email
A fun food wine from the Toro region in Spain. Layered aromas of black cherries, dates, figs, stewed plums, and vanilla spice. The palate proves to be dry, with flavors of blackberries and unripe pluots present. This is definitively a delicious wine to accompany your next weeknight meal, preferably one where roast pork loin is on the menu

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Varietal:

Tempranillo

- 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.
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Spain

- 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 (%): 14.5