PRIMA TORO - 2004
From renowned winemaker Mariano Garcia, this Spanish Toro has 14.8% alcohol.
Deep purple color with a nose of licorice and black fruits. Flavors of licorice, rich black currant, black cherry and oak dominate this heavily saturated red with tongue-tying tannins. Extremely dry finish.
SCORE & RECOMMENDATION:
87 - 89 PTS
This is a very tough wine to score. It is an 87 point wine on its own but an 89 point food wine. The tannic, dry black currant and black fruits are a bit harsh, but this wine takes on new life when paired with food. The high alcohol content is invisible. It is very smooth and beautifully integrated. For $13 a bottle, this is an intriguing effort.