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Clemente Rodriguez, La Grulla, Argujillo, Toro, February 2008

 

Toro

Toro is known for its undulating terrain, its reddish soil and its beautiful stone formations. It is situated in remote Castille, where the Duero river meanders among canyons before entering Portugal as the Douro. An area of ancient yet impoverished viticulture, it had been largely orgotten until recently. The vines here are planted, ungrafted, on sand and rocky soils. The low planting density and the somewhat arbitrary pruning methods were surprising at first, giving the appearance of chaos, but the region seduced them in the end.

 

  At the end of the 1990s, Toro started to be discovered once again, mostly because the influence of nearby Ribera del Duero. Unlike the latter, the Toro area can draw on a wealth of old vineyards. Telmo and Pablo are part of Toro’s renaissance. The direct planting, without American rootstocks, allowed them to explore Tempranillo intimately in its purest expression. It’s the continuation of a study that has been underway since the 1980s.

 

La Grulla, Argujillo, Toro, February 2008

 

La Grulla, Argujillo, Toro, February 2008