D.O. TORO - SPAIN
Region/ Sub-Region: Spain, Castilla y Leon, D.O. Toro.
Grapes: 100% Tinta del Toro (Tempranillo).
Vineyard: Single Vineyard called “Pago del Oro”. 50-year-old vines planted to 320 vines per acre.
Soil: Slopes oriented south-east over the Duero River. Sandy-loamy and clay soil.
Vinification: Our Tinta del Toro vines give between 2 and 3 bunches of grapes per vine. Harvested carefully. Double selection process is used to choose the bunches. Whole grapes are moved into 7,000-liter tanks after de-stemming without pressing. Temperature controlled fermentation, long maceration.
Aging: Aged for at least one year in French oak barrels.
Nose: Dark cherries, ripe black plums, cocoa, and coffee.
Taste: Rich fruit flavors, wood, and spices. A full-bodied taste with a mature polish, refined tannins, that give a long end.
Color: Deep ruby.
Gastronomy: Beef and game meats. Exceptional with cured cheeses and fine hams.
The reason why Buil & Giné began to produce wines in Toro was very simple…they like the wines! Many years ago, Buil & Giné had the opportunity of working with a single vineyard that had old Tempranillo grapes, with a more intense concentration of aromas.
Talking About the Wines:
-A View From The Cellar, May-June ‘18 gave 90 points to 2014 Buil Toro. “The 2014 Toro from Buil & Giné is composed entirely of tempranillo and tips the scales at 14.5 percent octane (or thereabouts). The bouquet here is deep and nascently complex, offering up scents of red and black raspberries, a touch of fruitcake, beautiful spice elements, a touch of roasted venison, a goodly dollop of soil, wild fennel, and cedary oak. On the palate the wine is ripe, full-bodied, and quite nicely balanced for its octane, with a rock solid core, sound acids, ripe, firm tannins, and very good length and grip on the gently heady finish. The 2014 seems just a touch riper than the lovely 2013 version, but this is quite well-balanced for its octane and I like its prospects to develop very nicely with some bottle age. I would guess that it will never quite match the elegant profile of the 2013, but it is not far off that refined Toro and is another very strong effort.”
-International Wine Report, Dec ’17 gave 92 points to 2014 Buil Toro. “Dark and brooding… with aromatics of black tea, dark chocolate shavings, and Turkish coffee. Round and generous, the wine delivers black cherry compote, anise, black tea, and blackberry cobbler flavors, that are supported by a well structure frame. Overall, this is a lovely showing, which will cellar marvelously over the next decade.”
-A View From The Cellar, May-June ’18 gave 91 points to 2013 Buil Toro. “The 2013 Toro from Buil & Giné is also entirely tempranillo and again is listed at 14.5 percent alcohol, and this level seems pretty accurate to my palate. The 2013 is really starting to develop a nice touch of secondary layers in its aromatic constellation, which delivers a fine blend of raspberries, cherries, a touch of spiced meats, a fine base of soil, fresh nutmeg and a very well done framing of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and still fairly tannic, with a fine core of fruit, good soil signature, fine focus and just a whisper of heat poking out on the long and moderately tannic finish. I really like how this is developing on the nose, but the palate is a bit behind in its evolutionary arc and the wine could use a couple more years in the cellar to more fully soften up on the backend, but it is aging quite gracefully and is one of the best examples of Toro I have tasted in quite some time. It is still plenty ripe, but carries it well.”