Tinta de Toro - Botas de Barro - Dirty Boots - Almansa - Spain
Botas de Barro
Made from 100% Tempranillo – known locally here in Toro as Tinta de Toro, this is another jammy fruited, copiously-endowed red with massed of crushed berries and a light sheen of vanilla. Coming from 60 to 100 year-old vines, there’s a natural concentration, and a bit of real grip as well as all that supple black fruit.
The Botas de Barro project has unlikely origins, the brainchild of Nicola Thornton, who hails from the north of England. Nicola moved to Spain where she has worked in the wine business in and around the Toro region for many years. Forgive the pun of this article’s title, but literally translating as ‘dirty boots’, Botas de Barro is a fun label and concept that actually delivers a fairly serious message. The boots in question refers to the generations of farmers who have tended the very old vines that lie behind these wines. In traditional regions of Spain, many are unirrigated old bush vines, so not supported on trellises, and up to 60 years of age. Her company, Spanish Palate, represents various Bodegas, but this is her own baby. The wines are made for her by various local Bodegas and co-ops, but always using the best quality fruit from small vineyard owners.
Deep dark cherry red in colour with purple rim. The bouquet is intense and expressive. Dark berry flavours with a hint of violets and liquorice. The palate is full and fresh, typical of its region. Good structure with present but not dominating tannins. The oak is subtle and well balanced with the fruit and comes through on the finish.