This playful Tinto de Toro (tempranillo) hails from the Toro region in Spain. This region is known for wines that are bold and robust with strong fruity flavor. The Bodegas Frontaura Reserva is no exception. This wine is comparable to the older friend that brings maturity and charm to a conversation - someone your dinner parties would be very lacking should this person not attend.
This wine, due to the fact that it is a wine from the Toro region, is exceptionally bold, leaning towards the tannic end of the spectrum, and is quite dry. Something to note is the perfect balance of acidity and softness of the wine. It leaves the palate refreshed and looking for more. To the eye: dark reds with purple thoughts in the right light. To the nose: a miasma of different scents, ranging from flowers, to oak and tobacco, to dark red fruits - like plum and dark cherry. On the palate: medium body with a long aftertaste. Similar to the nose, thoughts of oak and tobacco, dark red fruits are present. Subtle notes of chocolate and vanilla also shine through at times.
This matured wine pairs perfectly with game, beef, and lamb. A playful and out-of-the-box suggestion would be conejo con chocolate (rabbit with chocolate). The rabbit pieces are marinated in a mixture of wine, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper, and herbs. The rabbit is then browned after a light dusting of flour. Deglaze the pan with sherry and create the sauce with the citrus zests and chocolate. This is then poured over the browned rabbit. The palate of Bodegas Frontaura Reserva is perfectly suited for the strong flavors this dish presents.
Store your unopened bottle in a cool, dry, and dark place safe from constant vibration. Keep your bottle horizontal in a wine rack or cellar to retain the moistness of the cork. The ideal temperature for storage is between 7 to 15°C. Once opened, a bottle will be good for 3 to 5 days standing upright in the refrigerator.