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2019 LCBO Hot Summer Sellers

I spoke with a couple of Vintages consultants at the LCBO about this summer’s hot sellers from the general listing.

It would appear that at least at my LCBO store which is somewhat of an affluent neighbourhood one of the biggest sellers is Toro Bravo from Spain both the red and white. And the price is cheap n cheerful but what about the quality?

The Toro Bravo Tempranillo/ Merlot 2018 retails for $7.95. In colour it is ruby.

On the nose loads of bright red cherry, some dark chocolate and almonds.

On the palate some more red cherry with a slight gravelly edge to it. A small amount of tannin. A short finish. Rather simplistic quaffing with not very much personality. However, you won’t be choking and shriveling up and puckering about some pig swill. It would not be suitable for fine dining but would go well at a Doug Ford BBQ if of course you aren’t drinking Buck a Beer.

Just about every wine serves a purpose.

(Toro Bravo, Tempranillo/Merlot 2018, DO Valencia, $7.95, Wines and Company, Valencia, Spain, LCBO # 635755, 750 mL, Set The Bar Rating 84/100).

While the red Toro Bravo doesn’t quite knock me over what about the white which is a blend of Verdejo and Sauvignon Blanc?

It is light gold in colour.

On the nose grapefruit, melon, apricot and peach.

On the palate the same taste as on the nose but rather faint and dilute although there is some interesting green apple and honeyed overlay on the finish. Somewhat of an interesting wine and more impressive than its red brother. Taste closely enough and you might be able to discern a bit of smoke and gravel.

(Toro Bravo Verdejo/Sauvignon Blanc, DO La Mancha, Wines and Company Coop. Jesús Del Perdón, Manzanares, Spain, Set The Bar rating 87/100).

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