21/12/03 – Cano (Spain) Tinta de Toro / Garnacha 2001

Cano (Spain) Tinta de Toro / Garnacha 2001
Though wines have been made in the Toro region of Northwestern Spain since Roman times, it was awarded its own D.O.C. only in 1987, as quality levels were recognised. The vines of Toro, a land Phylloxera never reached, are dominated by Tinta de Toro, a synonym for the Tempranillo grape of Rioja. This example is joined by 25% Garnacha (Grenache) in the blend. It has a darkish, medium-density garnet colour and a lovely, inviting nose flooded with ripe redcurrants, cherry and plum, and a hint of spice. On the palate there’s a tremendously sweet impression at first; blackcurrant jam and ripe morello cherry, but also a bittersweet hint of liquorice and good acidity. There’s a juicy, savoury quality here and a freshness about the finish thanks to the pert acids and well-balanced tannins. Really, a very nice drink – especially given 10 minutes in the fridge – that washed down some Chorizo and chile pasta very nicely. Very good indeed. £4.49, Luvians, Safeway, Peckhams