Torres Celeste Crianza 2010
Tempranillo from Ribera del Duero, Spain
This wine is cherry colored. It has an intense nose, with floral and ripe red fruit notes, accompanied by toasting notes. A rounded attack, pleasant and unctuous, with smooth tannins. Long elegant finish.
Owing to its fruity and tannic characteristics, this wine pairs well with a great variety of meat dishes.
Blend: 100% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo)
Wine Spectator - "This sleek red has black cherry, licorice, mineral and toast flavors on a polished frame. Not big or showy, this retains balance and drive, with a juicy, fresh finish. "
In 1870, when the Torres family founded its wine-making and exporting company, they understood the importance of both respecting traditions and maintaining the utmost quality of their products. Today, thanks to this hundred year old commitment, Bodegas Torres is a strong leader in the Spanish wine and brandy industry. View all Torres Wines
About Ribera del DueroView a map of Ribera del Duero wineries (rib-EHR-ah del dwehr-oh)
Notable FactsThe wines of Ribera del Duero are mainly red – white wines here are not exported or revered. The reds come primarily from a variation of Tempranillo, called Tinto Fino or Tinto del Pais in this region. Garnacha and Cabernet Sauvignon are also used, but not so often. The best wines of the area are refreshing yet sturdy and complex, with an ability to age and mature gracefully.
The most popular red varieties of Spain include Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache). Whites don't garner quite as much recognition, but there are some regional varieties not to be missed, like Albarino and Verdejo. The popular red regions of Spain include Rioja, known for its outstanding wines of the Tempranillo grape; Ribera del Duero, producing high quality reds from Tempranillo and Garnacha; Galacia, with the sub-region of Rias Baixas, home to the deliciously crisp and floral Albarino grape; and Priorat, a region increasing in popularity with its high-quality cult reds. Other regions of note are Rueda, growing the Verdejo grape, La Mancha, a wide desert region, covered in the most planted white variety in the world, Airen, and Jumilla, making wines based on Monastrell (Mourvedre).
Spain's wine laws are based on the Denominacion de Origen (DO) classification system, devised in the 1930's. A four tiered system, the most basic level is Vina de Mesa (table wine) followed by Vino de la Tierra (country wine), DO and at the top DOC. Currently, only Rioja and Priorat have DOC status, while over 65 DO's scatter the country.
Most DO regions are classified and regulated by how long they age the wines. On a red wine label, one may find the terms Crianza, Reserva or Gran Reserva, denoting the wine's barrel and bottle time. Crianza is usually two years between barrel and bottle (the time in each depends on the DO and/or the winemaker), Reserva up to 4 years and Gran Reserva 5 – 6 years. Classifications of each region and wine are controlled by the region's Consejo Regulador.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review33 out of 5 stars
3 ratings, 2 with reviewswecarte1 - Mccomb, MS41/20/2015
An absolutely delish Tempranillo from Spain. Blackberry in color, with cedar, cherries, and berries on the nose. A really nice, opulent bouquet. The smell and taste is almost intense in the beginning. Very smooth tannins and a spicy bite on the tongue. 100% Tempranillo, it really impresses after having some air for around 45 minutes to an hour. The taste is juicy and fruity with those berries and vanilla really coming through. The finish is long and spicy and you could even say elegant, for such a mass produced wine. Seems less like a Ribera del Duero and more like a Rioja, but who really cares right? Pair it with red meats, it seems like it would be perfect for a day spent outside grilling.gteran76 - Miami, FL411/25/2014
- Big & Bold
It's a great wine for the price, the body is not too bold and taste super good. I had several bottles during a Mediterranean Cruse last year and have bought a few more thereafter...rfarouni - Columbus, OH112/5/2013
- Smooth & Supple
- Pair With
- Cheese > Cheddar