Sunday, January 24, 2010

Pintia Cosecha 2003, Toro Spain

What was the first thing I did when I started feeling better? Drink. Nothing like a sunny Spanish red to make me feel better. Spain, the 4th largest producer of wine in the world, has grape vines planted everywhere. Toro is not as famous as places like Rioja, but it still produces some very stunning wines. Pintia is the most famous wine from this region. It is made from Tinto de Toro, a local grape variety of Temprianillo. The grape's alcohol potential is 16% over the legal limit of 15%. It is very full bodied and usually with a hint of sweetness. Cosecha means that this is a vintage wine, using only grapes from 2003.

This wine has both sweet and smoky flavours, which mirror the smoky bacon and sweet onion. It also has a smooth texture so it doesn’t take over the dish, it is simply in balance. Calzone anyone?

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