LCBO Sale Pick of the Week: July 17

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Torres Coronas 2011 Tempranillo (Catalunya, Spain)

Sale $12.95, Regular $13.95
Discount (until July 20): $1.00
LCBO #29728 | 750 mL bottle

Tastes like: Red berries, a hint of cigar and a little black spice.
Pairs with: Toasted baguette smeared with creamy cheese; simply grilled steak, chicken or sausage.
Good for: Weekday dinners when you want a good wine but you don’t feel like breaking out the big guns.
Drink this: Now.
Alcohol: 13.5%

Why we're drinking this
Spanish wines are generally good value and quality. Torres is a solid large-scale producer, turning out a lot of nice wine at good prices. This one is made from Tempranillo—a grape that’s fun to say because you get to say “yo” at the end and pretend you’ve been to Spain. It’s a rather unsung grape, but you’ve likely tasted it in the wines of Rioja. This wine is like a baby Rioja, without the massive oak and spice. So it’s nice for a warmer day when you feel like a substantial wine but don’t want the heft of a big oak barrel.

Tasting note
Mostly red berries, with a touch of black berry too, and some ripe plum. Nice structure, in that the fresh berries are backed with some light wood notes and a little black spice, along with noticeably acidity. This makes for a lively package. There’s decent complexity—all those interesting elements mingling about on your tongue make you want to go back for another sip. The finish lingers a while, too, which will make this wine a nice match with summery grilled things and meats of all description.

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Torres Coronas 2011 Tempranillo | kwäf LCBO Pick July 17

This week's selection by kwäf Taste Bud  Dick Snyder