From minimum 30 year old vines, this powerful Tempranillo gets eight months in American oak barrels with a further minimum two years in bottle.
Deep red and full-bodied, there's a wonderful intensity and complexity to the nose with a good combination of black berries and toasted nuances from the oak, along with balsamic and spicy undertones. On the palate there's a lot of structure - this will develop over a further 3-5 years - but it's drinking superbly now, rich and concentrated with smooth chocolately tannins and notes of that sweet balsamic and black pepper on the finish.
Serve up in big glasses with a roast or cheese plate - divine!
Bodegas Sobreño is located in the heart of 24 hectares of vineyards, part of an 80-hectare total holding that were amongst the very first, and now oldest, vines in Toro. Many of their vines are pre-phylloxera, meaning they are planted directly without the need for grafting, which notably increases their longevity. The modern winery was built with the aim of producing fine wines based on the native Toro grape, Tinta de Toro - better known in neighbouring Rioja as Tempranillo. The first vintage from the old vines was only produced in 1999 but awards and critical praise quickly followed and the winery now has an extensive international following.