Toro’s Crianza wines can be a treasure-trove for Tempranillo-lovers, and Finca Sobreño’s Crianza is consistently excellent value. While Toro is something of an “up-and-coming” region, the vineyards here enjoy a long tradition that dates back to Roman times. They benefit from hot, dry summer days and cool nights that produce bright acidity and ripe fruit flavours. The Crianza classification indicates the wine’s minimum aging requirements: at least two years with a minimum of six months in oak.
Following harvest, grapes were destemmed, crushed, and cold-macerated prior to fermentation. Following fermentation, the wine spent eight months in American oak barrels, all under four years in age. Another six months in bottle rounded out the ageing process.
The finished wine is deep cherry red in colour. The nose is intense, with ripe black berry and undertones of balsamic and spicy toasted oak. Cherry and black berry notes carry through on the palate, with persistent fine-grained tannins and savoury dried herbs. This is a delicious, versatile, beautifully balanced wine. Good enough for the weekend, it may become your new house red.
“Vanilla, oak, toast, dark berries and medicinal aromas. A rich palate with firm tannins and savoury texture but freshness and fruit to boot.”
90 points, Decanter World Wine Awards, 2015
“The nose of the 2013 Finca Sobreño Crianza is very creamy with aromas of café au lait, yogurt and wild berries, in a very commercial way. The palate is soft and round, approachable and juicy. Easy to understand.”
88 points, Luis Gutiérrez, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Feb 2017