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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.
Smoky black raspberry
and molasses notes.
Lightly earthy flavors of
black cherries, toast and
Cellar temperature—the bottle should be
cool to the touch.
Lamb in any form, or earthy
poultry and pork dishes.