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Tempranillo, 2012. Asta
Item # C0414R1IS

Tempranillo, 2012. Asta

Vintage: 2012
Varietal: Tempranillo
Vineyard/Appellation: Toro, Spain
Color: Medium reddish hue
Nose: Cranberry, cherry and vanilla
Palate: Spicy berry with hints of cocoa
Finish: Long, balanced flavors
Rating: 94
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Drink now through 2016/ 13% Alcohol
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In 1941, Salvador Fari?a decided to head to Casaseca de las Chinas in the Southern part of the province of Zamora in Spain (an area called Land of Wine) in search of a better life for his family. It came about at the suggestion of a friend he had met during military service and turned out to be a life-changing decision. The land here, particularly the vineyards, is called Tierra del Vino which is today part of the Toro wine classification and is also within the Tierra de vino de Zamora zone. Upon arriving in the village, Salvador quickly saw the potential for vineyards and began to plant and buy vineyards with old vines planted on them. It was an unsure and risky proposition but soon paid off.

His son, Manuel Fari?a has long been considered the founding father of Toro and the brand Fari?a, who makes our Asta selection this month, is synonymous with the Toro region all over the world. He has fought all his life to realize his dream of making the quality of wine he knew his land was capable of producing. Manuel Fari?a inherited the passion for the land and wine from his father. Since growing up around the vineyards and winery, he was predestined to follow in his father's footsteps.

He became the first president of the regulating body which controls the production laws of the region and proceeded to institute changes that would improve the quality of all the wines of Toro. His first change was to bring the harvest forward by almost a month. For hundreds of years, the harvest began on the 12th of October in Toro thus leading to heavy and very alcoholic wines. Manuel realized that people wanted softer wines and that the high alcohol was not a characteristic of the Tempranillo grape, just a consequence of harvesting too late.

It took the rest of the region almost another 20 years to get up to speed. It is on the back of his efforts that new producers have been drawn to the region; now gaining the recognition it deserves. Tempranillo is the soul of Spain. The exotic flavours of this grape make it perfect for lamb or grilled chicken.

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