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The wines of DO Toro can maintain high acidity, how come?
DO Toro is in the west part of Castilla y Léon, the river Duero runs through it;
It has a warm continental climate (hot summers, cold winters) but gets its acidity through:
  • Altitude; 620-750m
  • Large diurnal range; cool nights

Spring frost can be issue since it does not have moderating influences.
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DO Toro has low rainfall and irrigation is not permitted, what is done to manage this?
  • Vineyards planted at low density, and low number of bunches per vine
  • Bush vines 1/5 is > 50 years old
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What is the main grape of Do Toro, and what is the style of wine produced? Why?
  • Main grape is Tinta de Toro a form of Tempranillo; but thicker skin; therefore more tannins and greater colour.
  • Min of 75% Tinta required, 25% Garnacha
  • Full bodied, deep coloured, high tannins and high alcohol (max 15% allowed)
  • Ripe blackberry and blueberry
  • medium to high acidity
  • Inexpensive wines: maceration carbonic
  • Premium+: oak ageing (French and American)
  • Good alternative for Ribeira del Duero (became more popular)
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