2016 Vatan Tinta de Toro
2016 Vatan Tinta de Toro – Europe’s Next Great Wine Region
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95 Penin, 95pts Jeb Dunnuck, 93 Wine Spectator
During a Charlie Rose TV broadcast, wine critic Robert Parker was interviewed and asked, “Which up and coming wine region will make world-class red wines?” His answer, without hesitating, was The Toro region of Spain. Today’s wine is a great wine from Toro and a tremendous value, from the oldest vines of Tempranillo in the entire country of Spain. Superbly rich, opulent, great concentration and marvelously supple. The 2016 Vatan Tinto de Toro got a massive 95pts by Jeb Dunnuck and at $31.99 with free case shipping, as good as red wine gets at the price. I have poured this blind against some triple digit heavy hitters, and Vatan always wins out. This is one of my all-time favorite Spanish wines.
Owned and made by the great Jorge Ordonez, who is the pioneer of introducing the US market to the greatness of Spain, and how much consumers can get for their money, with properties like Muga, Sierra Cantabria and Borsao taking the American wine lover by storm. Vatan is the pure representation of the oldest clone of Tempranillo in Spain, from some of the oldest ungrafted vines in the country, located in the only Spanish D.O. that completely resisted the phylloxera plague. During the Middle Ages, Toro was Spain’s most famous winemaking region. Mentioned in literature by Alfonso IX (King of Len, 12th c.), Juan Ruiz the Archpriest of Hita, Quevedo, Luis de Gngora, and Miguel de Cervantes. In 14th Century Sevilla, the sale of any foreign wine was prohibited, save the wines of Toro. These wines accompanied Spanish explorers to the New World. D.O. Toro was rediscovered by the Numanthia project, masterminded by Jorge Ordonez and the Eguren family. From 100 year old plus vines. Perfect fall drinking. I would put it against any other big red at our price! I strongly recommend!
The 2016 Vatan checks in as all Tinta de Toro that spent 20 months in new French oak. It has a brilliant bouquet of blackcurrants, toasted spice, crushed violets, and bowery incense. Rich and full-bodied, with good acidity, beautiful balance, and a great finish, it’s going to benefit from 2-4 years of bottle age and keep for 20+ years. It’s a stunning wine.” – 95 pts, Jeb Dunnuck
Firm and dense, this red delivers rich flavors of blackberry, fig, cocoa, licorice and mineral, set in a thick texture, supported by well-integrated tannins and kept lively by balsamic acidity. Savory, even austere, yet harmonious and complete. Best from 2022 through 2036. – 93pts, Wine Spectator