BODEGAS TORRES, DO RIBERA DEL DUERO
Available at Mas y Mas on offer at 5·99€, or usually 6·50€
October is here and I start to think red. The heat of the Summer extended into September, but in October night time temperatures start to drop, so bring on the red wine!
The Celeste label, as you might imagine, with a name light that, has a map of the various star constellations that appear in the night skies about the vineyards which provide the grapes for this wine. Indeed, at 900 metres above sea level, it’s as if the vineyards are reaching up to the heavens for inspiration!
Well, it seems to do the trick with this wine! Made from Tinto Fino (aka Tempranillo) grapes, which must have enjoyed a ‘heavenly’ drop in temperature at night, the wine has a fine purple to dark red colour. On the nose you’ll fine dark cherry fruit with a little loganberry/strawberry in t he background too.
The word ‘Roble’ (literally the Spanish word for oak) means that the wine has been aged for a short period of time in barrel – in this case, 3 months in both American and French oak. This accounts for the extra depth of flavour as well as a slight smoky vanilla element which enhances the fruit.
The combination of dark and lighter fruits as well as the slight complexity providd by the oak means that the wine is lovely to simply drink on its own, but also makes it a wine for the dinner table too!
International Wine Judge,
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