2015 Matsu "El Recio" Tinta de Toro ($22)
This is the second in the lineup of 100% Tempranillos from Matsu. This one also comes from the D.O. Toro in north-western Spain.
The grapes used in this wine come from 90 to 100 year old vineyards that are manually harvested. After being softly pressed, it is fermented in concrete vessels with natural yeast.
But, unlike the "El Pícaro" Tinta de Toro from Matsu that I reviewed last week, this one is aged 14 months in second use French oak barrels.
The "El Recio" (the tough or strong) is a nicely produced Tempranillo. It delivers the deep, dark-fruit flavors of blackberry and fig while the addition of oak aging yields wonderful hints of chocolate, coffee and vanilla. If you prefer a more fruit-forward wine, the "El Pícaro" is the Tempranillo for you. But, if you are like me, and enjoy the added complexity that goes with a wine that has been aged in oak, this "El Recio" really comes through. It's a medium to full-bodied wine that's easy to drink and finishes very easy.
Keep your eyes out for this one. He's looking for you, too! Cheers!
Disclosure of Wine Sample Submission: I received this wine at no cost for review. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.
Sample provided by Rebekah Polster 401 West Communications and supplied by Vintae (www.vintae.com)