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Vetus Flor de Vetus 2014

Tempranillo from Toro, Spain
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Winemaker Notes

From the 20 hectares of vineyard of Vetus Estate is born Flor de Vetus, a fresh and gentle wine that showcases another form of the Tempranillo’s character. Deep, black cherry color and a vibrant aroma of fresh fruit. A well structured and perfectly balanced wine with an exquisite after taste.

Critical Acclaim

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James Suckling
A ripe yet fresh Toro showing fresh blackberries and cherries with hints of rosemary, bay leaves and iodine. Full body, soft, concentrated tannins and a long finish.
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Vetus, Toro, Spain
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In 2003 the face of Artevino, the Antón family, expanded into Toro, well aware of the region's future potential. After selecting different vineyards, they made the first vintage of Vetus, a wine designed to keep the region's essence but with new nuances and goals. The wine's success encouraged them to set up an estate in the heart of the region and to build a bodega which was opened in 2008.

Spain's remote, high elevation wine zone between the regions of Bierzo and Ribera del Duero produces intense, full-bodied reds made from Tempranillo, locally called Tinta de Toro. This local variant has adapted to the region’s climatic extremes and recognizing its potential, top producers from Ribera del Duero and Rioja have invested heavily in its vineyards.

Tempranillo

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Notoriously food-friendly with soft tannins and a bright acidity, Tempranillo is the star of Spain’s Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions and important throughout most of Spain. Depending on location, it takes on a few synonyms; in Penedès, it is known as Ull de Llebre and in Valdepeñas, goes by Cencibel. Furthermore in Portugal, known as Tinta Roriz, it is a key component both in Port and the dry red wines of the Douro. The New World regions of California, Washington and Oregon have all had success with Tempranillo, producing a ripe, amicable and fruit-dominant style of red.

In the Glass

Tempranillo produces medium-weight reds with strawberry and black fruit characteristics and depending on yield, growing conditions and winemaking, can produce hints of spice, toast, leather, tobacco, herb or vanilla.

Perfect Pairings

Tempranillo’s modest, fine-grained tannins and good acidity make it extremely food friendly. Pair these 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 naming system is in place to indicate how much time the wine has spent in both barrel and bottle before release. Rioja labeled Joven (a fresh and fruity style) spends a year or less in oak, whereas Gran Reserva (complex and age-worthy) must be matured for a minimum of two years in oak and three years in bottle before release. Requirements on Crianza and Reserva fall somewhere in between.

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