Olé! from Spain: A Bold Red Bodegas Farina
2004 Gran Dama de Toro Spain
Although it was founded in 1942, Bodegas Farina is noted for its state-of-the-art winemaking practices as well as its good-value wines. Founded by Salvador Farina, the winery is now run by his son Manuel, with third-generation vintner Bernardo Farina currently wearing the winemaker's hat. The estate is located in Toro, considered one of Spain's greatest up-and-coming regions. It is an area best known for a grape called Tinta de Toro, which somewhat resembles Tempranillo. While the Farina family makes a variety of less expensive white and red wines, their Gran Dama Tinta de Toro is the winery's top-of-the-line. The 2004 Gran Dama's nose begins with a tease of violet on top of rich aromas of blackberry, blueberry, caramel and toast. In the mouth the wine is dry with dusty tannins and zippy acidity. Flavors offer layers of tart blackberry, ripe tomato and cherry with vanilla, tobacco and spice at the back of the palate. Try it with barbecue fare like hearty char-grilled steaks or even wild game like venison or pheasant. The wine would be delicious with faintly spicy foods like seared duck over curried lentils. It would also work well with a light meal of cured meats and aged, hard cheeses.