The newly released Sangre de Toro found its way to my desk the other day and I though 'I'll save this for a nice cool night'. Well the next day it was snowing on the Dandenongs (for those in the northern hemisphere, it is apparently two weeks to summer here in Melbourne), time to crack this open then.
As always, Sangre de Toro is made from mostly Garnarcha, with some Cariñena and is a soft, textural wine with plenty of fruit flavours. The 2004 is really well balanced and has some great fruit, I am really liking the 04s I have tried so far.
The nose opens up right away, fresh raspberry and spice to start with, a slight herb note shows it self with more air. The first thing that hits you when you take a sip is the lovely texture, very smooth and moreish. Really well balanced for drinking now, the fruit shows its stuff with with blueberry and blackberry, more spice and roast meat notes. Very good for drinking over the next couple of years if you can hang on it, I'd go for a good tomato based pasta dish. A slight step up on the 03. 87 Pts.
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