I had been saving this wine for a rough day, and boy was this Wednesday a killer at work. Knowing its history, I had high expectations that were met as soon as the corked was pulled.
The 2008 vintage of Bodegas Sabor Real Tinta de Toro is a Spanish red from the Toro appellation, just northwest of Madrid. With a rich history of grape production, Toro has some world famous vineyards. Tinta de Toro is a Spanish term for the varietal Tempranillo, which is tradtionally a fruit forward, medium bodied wine with varying amounts of spice. In any wine shop with wine buyers who know their stuff, you will find a great selection of wines from Toro of great value and quality.
2008 Sabor Real was rated 90 points by The Wine Advocate’s Jay Miller. At around $10-$11 across DC and VA, this is an absolute steal, especially with a case discount. The grapes for this wine were harvested off of 70 year old vines, highlighting the rich history of the land. The nose is loaded with fresh red berries, spices, tobacco, and lavender. The palate is full bodied with loads of those fruits, with hints of spice. The finish is long and silky. The wine has the backbone to last for several years on the shelf or in the cellar, so pick up now and enjoy or keep some stored away for years to come.
Another great thing about this wine is the flexibility with food pairings. You would be able to enjoy this with a meaty tapas dish, fried chicken, pizza, and even a grilled salmon with a decently thick marinade. The value makes it especially appropriate for pizza night in. I will definitely be checking every store for the last of this vintage as it has been the perfect way to unwind after a tough long day.
Until next time, enjoy!
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