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Bodegas Cal Blanca Toro 2009

Tempranillo from Toro, Spain
    14% ABV
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    Winemaker 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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    Bodegas Cal Blanca, Toro, Spain
    2009 Toro
    Cal Blanca is a wine named after a vineyard located in the highest elevation subzone of the Toro DO region. The goal of Cal Blanca is to make an estate-bottled wine from a vineyard situated in the only area in Toro (Cerro del Almendro) with limestone soils. "Cal Blanca" ("white chalk" in English) refers to the rare chalky, calcareous limestone soils found in this special vineyard. Located southwest of Ribera del Duero in Zone 2, the region of Toro has a warmer climate than Ribera del Duero and its wines are bolder, meatier and more full-bodied. The profile of Toro's soils contains mostly river stones and sandy topsoil atop layers of thick, hard clay subsoil. Planted in 1985, the Cal Blanca vineyard is sited at 809 meters (2,654 ft.) elevation, 15 km southwest of the town of Toro. The vines are head pruned (also called en vaso or gobelet) in the traditional manner, dry farmed (no irrigation), and tended using organic viticulture.


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    Notoriously food-friendly with soft tannins, modest alcohol, and bright acidity, Tempranillo is the star of Spain’s Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions. It is important throughout Spain as well as in Portugal, where it is known as Tinta Roriz and is an important component of Port wines and the table wines of the Douro region that Port calls home. California, Washington, and Oregon have all had moderate success with Tempranillo, producing a riper, more fruit-forward style of wine.

    In the Glass

    Tempranillo is often aged in new oak for the integration of spicy, woodsy, and herbal flavors, often with hints of vanilla, coconut, and dill. The grape itself produces medium-weight reds with bright red and black fruit aromas and hints of spice, leather, and tobacco, with no shortage of flavor.

    Perfect Pairings

    Tempranillo’s modest, fine-grained tannins and bright acidity make it extremely food friendly, pairing with a wide variety of Spanish-inspired dishes—especially grilled lamb chops, a rich chorizo and bean stew, or paella.

    Sommelier Secret

    The Spanish take their oak aging requirements very seriously, especially in Rioja. There, a system is in place to indicate on the label how much time the wine has spent in both barrel and bottle before release, which is helpful to the consumer trying to determine the style of an unfamiliar wine. Rioja can range from Joven (fresh, fruity, and unoaked) to Gran Reserva (complex and oxidized from extended barrel aging), with Crianza and Reserva in between.

    MSW48401091_2009 Item# 117365