In terms of the Tempranillo Intensity Index (if such a thing exists), I usually rank the dominant Tempranillo regions from lowest to highest in intensity as: Rioja, Ribera del Duero, and Toro. I’ve never been sure if it’s simply the manner in which the wines have been made but those from the latter two are always darker in color from the moment they hit your glass. The visual aspect isn’t just for show as they’re also fuller bodied with the wines of DO Toro even being “a bit much” or […]

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