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Vetus Flor de Vetus 2014

Tempranillo from Toro, Spain
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  • RP92
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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, 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.

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