After spending an afternoon with him and sampling his wines, the 'KING OF TORO WINES' creates wines that not only meet your expectations, but, EXCEED them in every case.
Manuel is considered the founding father of TORO and is responsible for converting the region into a D.O.(1987), as well as modernizing winemaking in TORO.
His adventurous nature has led to many breakthoughs in the industry.
+ He reduced wine alcohol from 17% to 13%, thus increasing the content of fruit and aromas in each bottle.
+ Bodegas Farina was the first Bodega to install fermentation temperature controls in stainless steel ferementation tanks and de-stemmers.
+ Manuel Farina was the first to change the way wines were marketed from being simple country jugs to elegant and balanced bottled wines.
+ He was the first to introduce quality new barriques for ageing the wine.
+ Bodegas Farina was the FIRST Wine to be exported from the region.
+ Bodegas Farina was the first vineyard to attract significant outside investment in the region.
+ Manuel Farina helped move he traditional date of harvest from 12 October to mid-September.
HISTORY of BODEGA FARINA:
+ Founded in 1942 by Salvadore Farina.
+ Located near the medieval city of TORO.
+ The vineyard is located on the banks of the DOURO river.
+ The location of BODEGAS FARINA is noted for high alritude, stony soils and scarce rainfall.
+ BODEAGAS FARINA uses both stainless steel and American and French oak barrels.
+ BODEGAS FARINA is considered a state-of-the-art winery.
+ BERNARDO, son of Manuel Farina, is the winemaker.
+ ALL wines are made with either TINTA de TORO (Tempranillo) or the MALVASIA grape.
The WINES that I sampled:
+ DAMA de TORO MALVACIA 2010 $10.99
This one of a kind Malvasia (100 year old vines), is soft on the palate with notes of peach, green apple and spice coupled with acidity and minerality. A true bargain!
+ PEROMATO 2010 $9.99
This 12.5% tempranillo is a fruity, full-bodied, juicy wine that has a long finish. It is the PERFECT food wine for SIMPLE foods like pizza, hamburger or tacos, as well
as COMPLEX foods like steak or lamb.
+ DAMA de TORO TEMPRANILLO 2010 $10.99
Possibly the BEST wine for $10.99 in the country. Concentrated raspberry and cherry notes dominate this unique, soft, fruit-driven wine.
+ DAMA de TORO CRIANZA 2005 $16.99
Spice, pepper and dark fruit dominate this 8 month barrel aged wine made from 30-60 year old vines. This is a PERFECT wine for special occassions or that special gift.
Dama de Toro Crianza 2005 is elegant,subtle, soft and balanced on the palate.
+GRAN DAMA de TORO 2006 $44.99
This is "One of the Great Wines of the World". Tastes like a $100 bottle, at less than half the price. Complex, intense fruit flavors, vanilla, tobacco and violets dominate the palate. Gran Dama de Toro 2006 is the GRAND DAME of Bodegas Farina wines. A MUST BUY!
MANUEL FARINA turns "70" on December 21st.
Prior to MANUELS 70th Birthday, NICOLA THORNTON, Export Manager, has promised that a "New Wine' in honor of his MANUELS Birthday will be released.
WHO CAN WAIT THAT LONG??
PHILIP S. KAMPE