Posted on November 30th, 2008
Another example of the fun the Spanish are having with their wine labels. This one is from Toro, in the high plains on the north west of Spain with the horns playing on the Spanish for bull.
More on Tinta Tinto de Toro
The grape is Tinta de Toro – a synonym for Tempranillo. Tempranillo is most famous in Rioja, but it’s also known as Tinto del Pias and Tinto Fino in Ribera del Duero along with Cencibel in La Mancha and Valdepeñas.
Toro’s Tempranillo style
In Rioja, Tempranillo is mostly expressed in a lighter, elegant style (think Burgundy Pinot Noir) where Toro’s Tempranillo is a bigger, more full-bodied wine.
The Balcon de la Villa is made by respected Toro winery, Covitoro, but with an M&S label. Great value at around €12.