Abelis Carthago William Selection 2011
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Abelis Carthago 2011 Toro William Selection
A selection from vines averaging 60 years of age, this wine seems to offer mostly oak at first, but after a few hours of air it develops into a delicious expression of Toro. The oak transforms into fine details of spice covering a layer of red fruit flavors, radiant in their freshness, then buried under an avalanche of tannins that radiate their own form of energy. Don’t touch this wine for at least five years; it needs long bottle age for the tannins to mellow. Classic Wines, Stamford, CT
By Abelis Carthago
William Selection 2011
The color is a saturated crimson color, bordering on black. It displays a very powerful and seductive bouquet that is loaded with heady aromas of blackberries, blueberries, chocolate and licorice with underlying spices and cedary oak. The palate is ultra-concentrated and multilayered, dripping with sweet juicy blackberries, cassis, dark chocolate and sweet spicy oak nuances. This richly flavored, big, bold, complex wine has mouth-coating ripe juicy tannins that lead into an incredibly long luscious finish. A perfect match with slow roasted red meats.
The family who produces the Lui and William wines have been growing grapes in Toro for generations. They are a small family owned artisan winery located in the prestigious “pago” of Cascajera in the heart of Toro. The production of these handcrafted wines is very small with less then 2,000 cases produced annually. All fruit is estate grown on their 40 acres which is divided into small plots in Toro. The family owned vineyards are planted on the banks of the River Duero in gravel and limestone soils. The vines are ungrafted, many of which are more than 100 years old. The vines are taken care of by the family in the same way their ancestors did, without the use of pesticides or fertilizers. All organic matter is reused and the soil is plowed without machines. The vines are hand pruned and all grapes are handpicked. The wines from Toro are brimming with tradition. Their origins date back to before the settlements of the Romans. The main grape of Toro is called Tinta de Toro, a synonym of Tempranillo, which produces some of Spain’s finest red wines. Old Tinta de Toro vineyards, planted with only about 1,000 vines per hectare (ha) account for 65% of the region’s vines. The rest is high quality old vine Garnacha and the white grapes, Malvasía and Verdejo. Most of Toro’s vineyards are planted at 600 to 750 meters above sea level. The climate is sunny and dry, the region gets only about half the annual rainfall of Bordeaux, but the vineyards are dry farmed, not irrigated. The soils around Toro are well-drained and often sandy, an environment not hospitable to the phylloxera bug and as a result, most vines are not grafted onto American rootstock.
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