Between Zamora and Tordesillas in the region of Castile-Leon lies the town of Toro. On the banks of the Ribera del Duero, this ancient municipality has a history intertwined with the wine which bears its name. With literary references to the formidable draughts pressed from the millions of grapes watered by one of the great rivers of the Iberian peninsula, the produce of the D.O. Toro Designation of Origin has always been highly prized by lovers of wines made from an early-maturing variety with a wonderful balance of flavours and nuances.
It is in this region that the Bodega Estancia Piedra winery has created a true paradise for lovers of both wine and culture. With the largest vineyard in the region and the construction of the Laragona Social Centre, they have combined Epicureanism and culture through a range of activities with the wines of Toro always the focal point.
This is, then, one of the leading establishments in the area, and the wines offered by MADE IN SPAIN represent a hugely attractive choice, the ratings given by the Regulatory Board to the recent vintages having ranged from "Very Good" to "Excellent".
The four varieties of red wine from Bodega Estancia Piedra selected by MADE IN SPAIN are the Piedra Azul, a youthful wine with pleasant hints of forest fruits revealing the character of the local grape; the Piedra Roja Crianza, described in tasting notes as having an attractive cherry red colour, intense, clear and brilliant, with flashes of crimson at the rim, and a bouquet marked by plentiful ripe red fruits against an elegant, spicy, toasted background. Flavour and smoothness in the mouth and a long, aromatic finish characterise the Piedra Roja Crianza.
The third variety chosen by MADE IN SPAIN, the Piedra Platino Selección red, encapsulates to perfection the extraordinary quality and subtle nuances which the region's grapes can achieve in masterful hands. With a clear, sparkling ruby red colour "the bouquets stands out for the character provided by hints of ripe and jammy fruit, blackcurrant and cherries, the overall effect being highly spiced, elegant and refined, with suggestions of leather and tobacco. In the mouth it is a mature wine of great personality, meaty, flavoursome, lively and balanced, underpinned by its agreeably rounded finish".The last of the reds from Bodega Estancia Piedra is Pride of Paredinas, the rightfully anointed king of the wines bearing the D.O. Toro hallmark. Following a supremely painstaking process to select the finest grapes in the month of September, it spends 22 months ageing in the barrel, followed by 44 months in the bottle. The tasting notes describe it as "highly mature, cherry red with a purplish rim, brilliant and lively. With a highly intense aromatic concentration and complexity, hints of blackcurrant, blackberry, traces of minerals and spices, black pepper and a balsamic backdrop of herbal lozenges, black liquorice and new leather. Imposing, wonderfully structured in the mouth, it is expansive, with huge tannins, flavourful, plenty of fruit, long-lasting, hints of cocoa and fully ripe plums in the finish".