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‘Rebel’ Spanish Red – Bigardo Tinto de Toro 2015
One of the most fascinating wines I have tasted this year is from Toro, Spain, a winegrowing region located in the western outskirts of Castilla y León that dates to Roman times. Toro has had reputation for high-alcohol, international-styled red wines that obscured the character of Tinta de Toro (aka Tempranillo). Kiko Calvo, owner & winemaker at Bigardo, is a rebel, or bigardo, breaking that tradition by creating wines that express Toro’s unique terroir. Kiko farms organically, harvests by hand & lets the wines evolve naturally in the winery.
Bigardo is 100% Tinto de Toro. The wines feels supple yet structured & rich. It is a deep cherry red color that is clean & bright. The nose is complex: dark berry fruits, licorice, balsamic, sweet spice. Those threads carry over through the palette with satiny tannins on the finish. This is the perfect introduction in ‘New Spanish’ wine – delicious, artisanal, honest, terroir driven! We have this wine exclusively in Florida so stock while you can!