Cal Blanca Toro 2012
Dark purple. Pungent aromas of cassis, candied plum, licorice and smoky minerals. Sappy and broad but focused, with bright acidity lifting the spicy dark fruit flavors. Finishes sweet and long, with gentle tannins adding grip. This wine shows the brawny and bold black fruits, violet and mineral character of Toro, but with distinctive aromatic freshness, uncommon balance and licorice notes. Pair this structured, elegantly powerful red with grilled steak, prime rib, beef roast and dishes with similar heft of flavor, including braised pork shoulder and venison, which the sweet tannins of Toro should compliment well. For more casual foods, beef or pork empanadas, BBQ beef, brisket and pulled pork sandwiches, and burritos will all pair well.