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Pago de Cubas Asterisco Toro

FOOD & WINE Wine Club Pago de Cubas Asterisco Toro FOOD & WINE Wine Club Pago de Cubas Asterisco Toro
Winery Pago de Cubas
Grape Tempranillo
Year 2011
Country Spain
Appellation Toro

$14.00 per bottle

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This modern-style Spanish red comes from 90-year old vines, whose small, concentrated grapes give it intensity.
What You Need To Know
While Rioja is Spain’s most famous red wine region, the upstart Toro zone is producing some of the country’s most exciting wines. Impressive reds made from the local variety of Tempranillo, called Tinta de Toro, can be found up and down the price scale and frequently deliver terrific value. And while reds from both regions offer earthy black berry flavors and a firm structure, Toro’s tend to be more ripe and lush, as this example from Bodegas Pago de Cubas shows. Winemaker Rosa Maria Zarza aged the Asterisco cuvée for six months in French oak barrels instead of the American oak that’s traditional in Rioja. That modern touch lends the wine its stylish smoky notes.
Smell It
Smell It
Smoky black raspberry and molasses notes.
Taste It
Taste It
Lightly earthy flavors of black cherries, toast and milk chocolate.
Serve It
Serve It
Cellar temperature—the bottle should be cool to the touch.
Pair It
Pair It
Lamb in any form, or earthy poultry and pork dishes.