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Toro "Bigardo", Kiko Calvo
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Toro "Bigardo", Kiko Calvo - 2017

Item # 40192 750mL
$21.96/ Single Bottle
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$263.52 $237.17/ Case of 12
Grape Variety


Practicing Organic

Wine made from grapes grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides in the vineyard.

Tasting Notes

A native of the Toro region, Kiko Calvo is a rebel of sorts as he makes his Tinta de Toro in a fashion that is most respectful of the terroir and the region of Toro but formed this philosophy after working in viticulture throughout the world. Bigardo means rebel and this is only the third vintage. Organically farmed or, as Kiko states, logically farmed. Full-bodied with licorice, dark dark fruits and a purity that is true to Toro at its best.

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Staff Pick Notes

Can you judge a wine by its label? Well, since Kiko Calvo likes to have his hand in everything—the soil, the grape selection, the fermentation—this label's spot on. Traveling around the world, Calvo picked up some ideas about winemaking for his family's vineyard. First, farm organically—or, as he says, logically. He also harvests manually, making several passes through the vineyard keeping only the best fruit, and ferments each parcel separately in neutral barrels without pumping over (thanks gravity!). It's a big, bold wine, as only Toros can be, and it's alive with vibrant freshness. There's plenty of plump, juicy dark fruit (blackberries and black cherries), an earthy, tar-like streak, and baking spices that give an impression of sweetness, in spite of its dry finish. In short: a delicious, hand-made wine.


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