Like all the Telmo Rodriguez wines from Toro, Gago is 100% Tinto de Toro (the local clone of Tempranillo). Gago is the second wine made in Toro by Telmo Rodriguez. The Telmo Rodriguez range in Toro is named after a Spanish breed of bull that is both elegant and powerful. The 19th century lower-case “g” typeface that appears on all the Toro wines is transformed, and modernized, by a bull horn. Gago is Telmo’s most representative wine of Toro, combining the oldest vines of the 8 families with whom he’s worked with for years, and his experience to make pure and balanced wines.
Telmo was one of the first to rediscover vineyards of decades-old, bush-trained vineyards. He was a major force in elevating Toro to one of the most in vogue wine regions of Spain. The distinctive red soils produce a Tinto de Toro (the local clone of Tempranillo) with tremendous fruit concentration, ripeness, acidity, tannins and structure.
The grapes for Gago are picked by hand, fermented by natural yeasts in neutral cement casks, and aged in a combination of foudres and new and seasoned French
barriques for around a year. The maturation lasts 14 months in 225 liter barrels.
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Wine Advocate - "The 2016 Gago from Toro was surprisingly elegant. It matures in foudres that were bought in the year 2,000 and by now are well seasoned and neutral and seem to respect the wine and do not lend aromas or flavors to it, so the wine comes through as very pure and fresh. The year was rainy and fresh. The tannins are surprisingly elegant, and there's none of that rusticity often associated with Toro."
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