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Tinta de Toro (Spain)

Tinta de Toro is one of many synonyms for Tempranillo.

Tinta de Toro is the name used in the region of Toro in central Spain.

Typical Flavors


Cherry
Red
Cherry
Cherry
Black
Cherry
Raspberry
Raspberry
Blackberry
Blackberry

Blueberry
Blueberry
Plum
Plum
Spices
Spices
Herbs
Herbs

Oak Added Flavors:

Vanilla
Vanilla
Cocoa
Cocoa
Tobacco
Tobacco
Caramel
Caramel

Cherries, Red and Black Berries, and Plum are typical Tinta de Toro flavors.

Hints of Herbs and Spices (Licorice, Anise).

American oak is the traditional choice for oaking Tinta de Toro.

Profile

Tinta de Toro is a Full Bodied red wine:

BODYFull
TANNINSHigh
FRUITMedium
ACIDITYMedium
Serving temperature:
17-18°C (63-64°F)

Food Pairing


Antipasti
Tapas
Ham
Ham
Salami
Chorizo
Chili
Chili

Pasta
Pasta
Pizza
Pizza
Lasagna
Lasagna
Hamburger
Hamburger

Chicken
Chicken
Rabbit
Rabbit
Pork
Pork
Lamb
Lamb

Tinta de Toro is perfect with Lamb and Pork.

It is also perfect with Filet Mignon, but lacks the tannins for a fat Beef.

Young Tinta de Toro pairs well with both Spicy and Tomato based dishes.

Pairing Suggestions

Excellent Pairing:
Tapas. Olives. Cold Cuts. Chorizo.
Pizza. Spaghetti. Lasagna.
Tomato Based Meatballs.
Savory Stews. Moroccan Tagine.
Poultry. Pork. Lamb.
Red Pepper Dishes.
Tacos. Nachos. Burritos.

Cheese:
Hard Sheep Cheese. Manchego. Roncal.
Pecorino Toscano.

Spanish Specialities:
Paella.
Chili con Carne.

Best Pairing Unoaked Tinta de Toro:
Tapas. Pizza.
Cold Cuts.
Soft Cheese.

Tinta de Toro Crianza:
Roasted Meat. Lamb. Pork. Poultry.
Grilled Salmon.
Casseroles.

Tinta de Toro Reserva:
Roasted Meat. Lamb. Pork. Poultry.
Mushroom Dishes.

Tinta de Toro Grand Reserva:
Grilled Suckling Lamb (Lechazo).
Grilled Suckling Pig.
Grilled Lamb Chops.
Manchego Cheese.

If You Like Tinta de Toro

You Might Also Like:

Barbera Superiore (Italy)
Bordeaux Right Bank (France)
Rosso di Montalcino (Italy)
Cannonau (Italy)
Châteauneuf-du-Pape (France)
Chianti Classico (Italy)
Merlot (France)
Montepulciano d'Abruzzo (Italy)
Primitivo (Italy)
Ribeira Sacra (Spain)
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano (Italy)
Zinfandel (USA)

The Ideal Glass

The Bordeaux glass is perfect for a bodied red wine.

It is taller than other red wine glasses, and has a slimmer bowl.

The large size of the glass allows the bouquet to develop. It smooths out rough edges, plays down tannins, and allows the wines to achieve balance.

The slimmer bowl sends the wine directly to the back of the mouth for maximum taste.

About Tempranillo

Tempranillo is the third most planted grape in the world.
The name comes from Spanish "temprano" which means early and refers to early ripening.

Tempranillo aka Ull de Llebre, Cencibel, and Tinta del Pais in Spain. Aragonez or Tinta Roriz in Portugal.

Tempranillo is Spain`s noble grape variety, just like Cabernet Sauvignon is to France. It grows best in the cooler wine areas of Rioja and Ribera del Duero.

Wine made with Tempranillo grapes has a flavor of berries with medium acidity. During storing, Tempranillo can develop sweet, spicy, leather, or tobacco flavors.

Tempranillo wines are softer than Bordeax and dryer than Bourgogne wines. Medium acidity and moderate tannins make these wines tasty, easy to like and easy to pair with many types of food.

About Tinta de Toro

Tinta de Toro wea the wine chosen for Christopher Columbus' trip to America.

In fact, one of the ships was named "La Pinta" because it was loaded with this red wine.

Wine Region Toro

Toro

Toro is located in the same dry regions as Rueda (Castilla y Leon).

Due to high temperatures, sunshine, and low rainfall the area produces strong, high-alcohol wines.

Tempranillo is the dominant grape. It is locally known as Tinta de Toro.

Some Garnacha is grown for use in Toro Rosado, as well as some Malvasia Blanca and Verdejo for use in white Toro Blanco.

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