Paul Boutinot - 2006 Tinta de Toro

Today's wine, a 2006 from Paul Boutinot, is from the Toro region of Spain. The predominate red grapes in this region are Tempranillo and Grenache. Verdejo and Malvasia are the native white varietals. ToroThe 2006 Toro is 100% Tempranillo. The first thing off of the nose is a bushel of berries. blackberries and blueberries dominate. A hint of oak and a touch of vanilla sneak into the nose as well. Right out of the bottle the wine is closed up, tight and had a few sharp edges to it. It opens up easily and quickly however, with 20 minutes really doing the trick.

Once it opens up this wine proves to be big, rich and mouth-filling with a potpourri of spices on the palate as well as more dark berry fruit. Overall, blackberry notes are the most dominant feature of this wine. An earthiness that was so subtle as to be mostly undetectable before decanting comes out once the Toro has had a chance to breathe. The spice lingers on and is a big part of the above average finish.

This wine is pretty big in the mouth and has more than a bit of a new world feel to it. It would be a good bet with a juicy burger or just about any mushroom heavy dishes.

This wine retails at around $10, and at that price it over-delivers. It's not likely to improve with bottle age, but it should drink well for the next two or 3 years. A good wine for everyday consumption or to bring to a BBQ.

Imported by Boutinot.

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