The wild and remote Toro region in northwest Spain, has gone from zero to hero in the last 10 to 15 years. Practically unheard of in the 90s, it is fast becoming one of Spain’s most exciting fine wine regions.
While the region establishes itself, there is still some serious value to be found though, and Xavier Iturria's wines are prime examples.
Xavier bought his plot of ungrafted old vines back in 2009 and has been making quite a name for himself since then. He makes just two wines, both rich reds as is the Toro way but with an elegance that is becoming his signature style.
The Iturria 2019 is a wonderfully smooth, polished red made from 90% Tinta de Toro and 10% Garnacha. It is medium bodied with ripe, dark cherry fruit, a bit of spice, freshness thanks to the altitude and a slight toastiness from 22 months ageing in French oak. The overall balance is excellent and the complexity mightily impressive for the price.
Offered: February 2023.
Vintage report: Low rainfall during the winter followed by a warm, dry spring and a hot summer resulted in excellent quality grapes - intensely flavoured and deep in colour. Yields across the region were down about 25% but quality was outstanding.
Drinking window: 2023 - 2028.
Food matching: Drink with roast lamb, other grilled meats or hard cheeses.