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Date Printed: 4/27/2015
Bodegas Cal Blanca Toro 2009
Bodegas Cal Blanca Toro 2009
(search item no. 117365)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 4/27/2015: $14.95

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Cal Blanca Toro exhibits an opaque purple-color. It delivers a nose of roasted mineral, black cherry, and blackberry. This leads to a structured wine with exceptional richness, outstanding concentration and a lengthy finish.

This wine shows the brawny and bold black fruits, violet and mineral character of Toro, but with distinctive aromatic freshness, uncommon balance and licorice notes. Pair this structured, elegantly powerful red with grilled steak, prime rib, beef roast and dishes with similar heft of flavor, including braised pork shoulder and venison, which the sweet tannins of Toro should compliment well. For more casual foods, beef or pork empanadas, BBQ beef, brisket and pulled pork sandwiches, and burritos will all pair well.

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About Bodegas Cal Blanca:

Cal Blanca, means White Chalk in the English language. Toro, located west of Ribera del Duero is slightly warmer due to its lower elevation and alluvial (river stones/sand) soil composition. Limestone and Chalk are quite rare in Toro. In fact as an importer for the last 10 years and travelling extensibly throughout the vineyards of this region, I have never seen limestone before. Limestone and chalk retains less heat than sand or river stones; allowing the grapes to retain more acidity due to the slower ripening process of the grapes. The limestone/ chalk quality of this vineyard is the most important factor in making this wine taste "cooler" than its neighbors’.