Gran Dama de Toro 2008

Winery: Bodegas Fariña
Region: DO Toro
Type of Wine: Red wine
Aging & Type of Oak:
15 months in French and American oak barriques
Annual Production(in bottles): 20,000
Awards & Recognition:
Gold Medal, Mundus Vini, 92 points Wine Spectator, 93 points Penin
U.S. Importer:
Massanois Imports

Tasting Note

Toro’s trademark size and weight are on full display: the fruits veer from black plum to cherry and even some raisin. The wine’s ample weight ends with dusty fruit, but without bitterness or astringency. Drink over the next five to ten years.

Wine Description

The wine is made from Tinta de Toro grapes sourced from very low-yielding, old vines (50 to 140 years old) from specific sites with special clay/sand/pebble soils. Some of the vineyards are prephyloxera. Hand-picked grapes are carefully selected before fermentation in stainless tanks and then undergo malolactic fermentation in French oak followed by aging in French and American barriques for 15 months.

About the Winery

Bodegas Farina, established in 1942, is a premium family estate acknowledged as a founding father of the region of Toro, now one of Spain's top wine areas. The Farina family's pioneering efforts, respect for the terroir, unparalleled knowledge, belief in the region´s varietal Tinta de Toro and 100% commitment to quality has help earn a reputation as one of the premium producers of Toro wines. The family's third generation continues to apply its pioneering philosophy in their 740 acres of vineyards by perfectly combining traditional and modern methods.

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