2006 Abrazo Del Toro Carinena Tinto

Price: $3.99 @ Trader Joe’s imported by Evaki

What They Said:

Per quaffability “First was a new 2006 vintage of the Grenacha Tempranilo blend; like the previously reviewed 2004 and 2005 versions, this is an amazing value with much more in the way of spicy fruit flavors than anybody can expect these days for $3.99 (sometimes it’s $2.99). A great wine for the price.”

What I Think:

After reading about this one over on quaffability I decided to heed John’s advice and pass on the syrah but give this Grenache/Tempranillo (80/20) blend he has been enjoying for years a go. On doing some research I found this wine comes from the far north of Spain from a region named Aragon bordering France and the Pyrenees. I enjoy many of the wines from the French side so this seemed like a good indicator. Other notes of interest include; Calatayud is the big appellation in this region which also includes the sparkling area of Cava.

With carne asada on the menu this seems like the logical answer and it didn’t disappoint. Slightly similar to the Aglianico I had recently enjoyed, I found light red fruit on the nose with hints of spice running along the backbone. A bit on the dry side there were tastes of strawberries that led to a earthy, spicy finish. This is quite a pleasing effort and a wine worth having around for everyday drinking and then some.  I know I’ll be getting more.

Rating: Buy It

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2 thoughts on “2006 Abrazo Del Toro Carinena Tinto

  1. After ranking this highly in my top 10 in Jan I dropped it out in Feb. Wanting to be certain I reported in the comments of that posting that it appeared this one was on the thin side and not as appealing as originally remembered.

    Well tonight I finished the fifth and last bottle and have found that this one needs a lot of air. When I initially opened this bottle I was again disappointed but after letting it sit for three days I was pleased as the thinness had dissipated and there was proper spice and mineral to be found. I’m not going to grab 4 more but you can count me in for 1 bottle at a time.

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