Matsu

"El Picaro" Toro Tempranillo

8.7297 ratings
8.710 pro ratings
Toro, Castilla y León, Spain
Tempranillo
Lamb, Tomato-Based, Polenta, Hard Cheese, Pork, Beef, Pasta, Mushrooms, Soft Cheese, Chicken, Venison, Exotic Spices, Potato, Turkey, Beans & Peas, Herbs, Baking Spices, Pungent Cheese, Duck, Salami & Prosciutto, White Rice, Chili & Hot Spicy, Lasagna, Pizza, Barbecue, Mexican Cuisine, Onion, Shallot, Garlic
Top Notes For
Randy Fuller

Extremely dark in color, this wine looks like motor oil and allows about as much light to come through it. The fruit is dark and pure on the nose, but as savory as the D.O. Toro is dry. Concrete tank aging leaves no oak impression, but the complexity does not suffer. Savory notes grace the palate as well, with blackberry and prune coming forward on a dry-as-a-bone wave. The tannins are firm and young still, and I would love to match this wine with roasted potatoes, or a juicy steak.

Extremely dark in color, this wine looks like motor oil and allows about as much light to come through it. The fruit is dark and pure on the nose, but as savory as the D.O. Toro is dry. Concrete tank aging leaves no oak impression, but the complexity does not suffer. Savory notes grace the palate as well, with blackberry and prune coming forward on a dry-as-a-bone wave. The tannins are firm and young still, and I would love to match this wine with roasted potatoes, or a juicy steak.

Jul 23rd, 2018
Meredith Hu

Pretty and unique label. Leathery and jammy. Oak and desiccate red cherries.

Pretty and unique label. Leathery and jammy. Oak and desiccate red cherries.

May 18th, 2018
Francis Huicq

Tasted in Andorra on 26th December 2014. Toro DO, Tinta de Toro, made from a selection of old vines cultivated according to principles close to biodynamics. Matsu finds it's roots from Japanese meaning "hope" which corresponds to the producer's philosophy. A full-bodied wine, dark fruited with muscle and power. Concentrated and elegant. Technically well made, it lacks breed and depth to qualify for one very special but nevertheless, a very enjoyable wine. Looking for tasting the upper cuvees made from much older vines...

Tasted in Andorra on 26th December 2014. Toro DO, Tinta de Toro, made from a selection of old vines cultivated according to principles close to biodynamics. Matsu finds it's roots from Japanese meaning "hope" which corresponds to the producer's philosophy. A full-bodied wine, dark fruited with muscle and power. Concentrated and elegant. Technically well made, it lacks breed and depth to qualify for one very special but nevertheless, a very enjoyable wine. Looking for tasting the upper cuvees made from much older vines...

2 people found it helpfulDec 26th, 2014
Peter van den Besselaar

Vintage 2014 / right label / purple, ripe cherries, commercial quaffable wine

Vintage 2014 / right label / purple, ripe cherries, commercial quaffable wine

Jun 1st, 2016
Amanda Burrill

Almost perfect Tempranillo; his dad's is better.

Almost perfect Tempranillo; his dad's is better.

Dec 31st, 2015
Felipe Ferreiro

Sommelier/Wine Director Restaurante Las Rias Bajas

8.9

Vino muy rico y goloso en boca, poco tánico y predominio de fruta, en nariz un poco pobre y alcohólico.

Vino muy rico y goloso en boca, poco tánico y predominio de fruta, en nariz un poco pobre y alcohólico.

Mar 18th, 2014
Adrian Bryksa

Blogger YYCWine.com, Contributor Culinaire

9.1

2011 El Picaro - fresh and unctuous. Black and blue berries, charred oak. Easy drinking and quaffable

2011 El Picaro - fresh and unctuous. Black and blue berries, charred oak. Easy drinking and quaffable

Dec 23rd, 2013
Sintija Bergmane

Bio wine

Bio wine

Mar 14th, 2013
Erick Campbell

Bit earthy for a garnache

Bit earthy for a garnache

Dec 29th, 2018
Jack Dodd

Dry and bitter but smooth

Dry and bitter but smooth

Aug 28th, 2018