Maquina y Tabla, 'El Oso y La Alemana' Toro Tinto 2019

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'The Bear Wine' Is Back

+ GRAPES: Blend of super old vine Garnacha and Tinto di Toro (a.k.a. Tempranillo) from Toro in Castilla y Leon in northwestern Spain

+ FUNDAMENTALS: Hand-harvested, destemmed, whole-cluster pressed. All wild yeast, followed by aging 14 months in used old barrels. Bottled unfined, unfiltered, and without any added sulfur. A mere 1,000 cases produced this vintage. 

+ PROFILE: Dry. Medium-plus body. Dried wildflowers and warm cement on the nose. Flavors of forest berries, black currants, river stones, and fresh potting soil. Notable tannins. Integrated oak. 

+ FUN FACT: These young winemakers are reimagining the wines of the heat-saturated region of Toro, most often associated with inky, tannic, and rustic wines. These are the antithesis - and anything but your parents' Tinto di Toro with the black bull. 

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