2006 Bodegas y Viñedos Maurodos "Prima" Toro

SKU #1245466 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep ruby. Smoky cherry and blackberry aromas are complicated by minerals and fresh flowers. Fresh and racy, with pure red and dark fruit flavors, fine-grained tannins and good tangy lift. A lively, sharply focused wine with lovely lingering sweetness. (90% tempranillo and 10% garnacha) ) (JR)  (8/2008)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2006 Prima is 90% Tinta de Toro and 10% Garnacha aged for 12 months in seasoned French and American oak before bottling without filtration. Purple-colored, it offers smoky black cherry and blackberry aromas along with spice box and leather notes. Smooth-textured, savory, and mouth-coating, the wine has layered spicy black fruits and enough structure to evolve for 1-2 years. Drink it from 2010 to 2018. (JM)  (8/2008)

Wine Spectator

 Plum and blackberry fruit show some depth in this round red, backed by toast and coffee notes and supported by firm, polished tannins. Licorice and mineral notes add interest. Drink now through 2014. 8,300 cases made. (TM)  (11/2008)

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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.