When I was in Spain during the Christmas and New Year holiday, I got the pleasure to try some great wines from one of my relatively untested areas apart from the really nice El Buen Amore tested in september 2012 (http://www.wineblogg.com/#post208)
First some facts!
Toro is a wine district in north-western Spain located in the region of Castile and Leon. The region consists of nine provinces including well-known wine region Ribera del Duero.
Wine allegedly have been produced in Toro even before the birth of Christ, then with the help of Greek masters. And already in the 13th century was the wine really in vogue, especially among many teachers at the University of Salamanca, although it is said to have influenced education precariously.
The wine is affected by the harsh continental climate with long hot summers and cold winters.
Soil consists of sediments of sand, clay and lime-bearing puddingstone. The vineyards are at altitudes between 620 and 750 meters above sea level, and receives more than 3000 hours of sunshine per year. There are 8,000 hectares of vines, of which 5,500 are registered at the "Consejo Regulador". And the most widely planted red wine grape is the Tinta de Toro which is a clone of the more famous Tempranillo. The grape gives wines with a lot of flavor and yummy tannins, making them particularly suitable for long storage.
(Source: Hugh Johnson Wine of all time, Andre Domine-Vin, Wikipedia)
I will write about three wines from winemaker Matsu as part of Vintae Group. Matsu means wait in Japanese and provides the perfect definition of an initiative that combines the Japanese culture's concern for what is natural together with using the most advanced techniques in biodynamic agriculture. All of their wines are organic.
Now to the first and youngest wine in the tested serie.
Matsu El Picaro 2011 for 8-12 Euro
The wine is made from 100% Tinta de Toro and has a dark red color like el toro blood. Smell of tobacco, cedar and leather. The taste is full of character with hints of tobacco, blueberry, vanilla, ripe berries with perfect food matched tannins. A super bargain with a label that captures one's attention and which deliver even more in terms of content. An excellent start of three wine test from an exciting producer. Toro along with Ribera del Duero and Priorat is the new Spanish wine wonder. And I can understand exactly why.