Toro Spanish Wine
Toro has developed as a real gain for the top division of Spanish wines since its DO recognition in 1987. The area only covers 2,500 hectares of vineyards and a mere seven bottling bodegas. The area is very arid and has a definite continental climate with little precipitation.
The two main business centres of the region are the towns of Toro and Morales. Because of the extreme heat and drought conditions here the emphasis used to be on almost syrup-like very alcoholic red wines but thanks to radical replacement of the wine-making equipment and different attitudes, the local bodegas have succeeded in making a Spanish wine like the Toro red the best wine Spain has to offer.
In the north of Toro the ground consists of a top layer of sand with a solid layer of underlying chalk. The soil is more fertile with a top layer of alluvial deposits near the Duero and Guarena rivers. Most vineyards are sited at a height of between 1,968-2,460 feet (600-750 metres ).
The climate is truly continental with long hot summers and short but extremely cold winters. The location at height of the vineyards ensures some degree of cooling in the summer nights and by the gentle westerly breezes.
The most important grape varieties for Toro wines are the Tinta de Toro (related to Tempranillo) for red Spanish wines, and Malvasia for white Spanish wines. The blue Garnacha and white Verdejo grapes are also used in making these wines.
Toro white made with Malvasia, with or without the addition of Verdejo, is fresh, gentle, soft, elegant, and above all very floral in both nose and taste, with a hint of fruit for a Spanish wine. Drink this Spanish wine young at 46.4- 50.0°F (8-10°C).
Toro Rosado is fresh, full-bodied, rounded, and somewhat reminiscent of the rosés from Navarra. It is simultaneously fruity and warm with alcohol up to 14% alcohol by volume. Drinking temperature for this Spanish wine is 50-53.6°F (10-12°C).
Toro Tinto Jovenes is fresh, fruity, and very pleasing. All red Spanish wines from Toro must contain at least 75% Tinta de Toro. The climate produces warm wines with a great deal of body. Alcoholic percentages around the 14 or even 15% are not unusual for this Spanish wine types.
It is remarkable though that despite this high level of alcohol Toro is more well-balanced than other wines from hot climates. This is particularly due to the fine acidity present in this Spanish wine. Even the simplest Toro Tintos are a pleasant surprise. Drink the ordinary Tinto Joven while it is still fruity at 53.6-57.2°F (12-14°C).
Toro Cnanza, Reserva, and Gran Reserva are all outstanding wines. They possess a great deal of body, roundness, power, and warmth and yet retain the freshness for which Toro is renowned. You can drink this Spanish wine at temperature of 60.8-62.6°F (16-17°C).