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Alvar de Dios Hernandez

The wines produced by Alvar de Dios Hernandez are the antithesis of the traditionally leathery, overly robust flavour profile of Toro wines. Born into a family of winemakers in the village of El Pego near the Toro DO, Alvar decided to venture outside of his hometown to learn and perfect his craft.

The young Spaniard was hired as the cellar master for Fernando Garcia at Bodegas Marañones 10 years ago in the Sierra de Gredos region. As he worked for Fernando, he split his time between Toro and the Gredos. Purchasing his first vineyards in his native DO, the terroir of the Arribes DO quickly caught Alvar’s attention. In Arribes he found a terroir reminiscent of that of Gredos – high altitude, soil infused with granitic sand and mica, as well as a wide range of highly expressive indigenous grapes.

Alvar’s wines have tremendous freshness, partly because of the altitude at which the vines grow, but also due to his winemaking style, heavily influenced by his work with Comando G. He is flipping the script on the typically gaudy flavour profile of the Toro region, instead using organic viticulture to create nuanced and delicious wines.

 On his last trip to Toronto, Alvar could be found dancing on tables in and around Queen West. Also a fan of Karaoke thanks to the Comando G influence, his wines are as fresh as his singing style.

  • Tio Uco 2017
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    Tio Uco 2017

    $276.00

    $23.00 per bottle | $276.00 case of 12

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    Tio Uco is 100% Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo), growing in clay and limestone soil, sourced from three sites in Toro. Hand harvested and de-stemmed, there is a 24-48 hour pre-fermentation maceration, followed by a native yeast fermentation and 20 day maceration.

    Alvar is making unusually fresh wines in Toro using organically farmed 25-40 year old vines. With only a gentle maceration, the wine is aged for 5 months in neutral French oak barrels.

    Aromas are wild and heady, full of fermenting berries, black cherry compote, incense and clove, with a jazzy, light opening, dissolving into a fun and full flavoured palate of cassis, cranberry, cola, salt plums, balsamic, wild rose, and bitter herbs on the finish.

    Substantial and spicy, but light on its feet, this is a lovely Toro for everyday drinking pleasure.

    Alcohol: 14%

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  • Camino de los Arrieros 2016
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    Camino de los Arrieros 2016

    $34.00

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    $34.00 per bottle | $408.00 case of 12

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    The vineyard is located in the D.O. of Arribes (a little-know appellation located in the extreme western edge of Spain along its border with Portugal) at an average altitude of 640 meters. Growing in almost inhospitable granite and mica soil, the grapes used are comprised of a field blend that includes 50-60 year old native varietals such as Juan Garcia, Rufete, Tempranillo, Commissioning Cruz, Verdejo Black, Bastardillo boy, bossy and some others not yet identified.

    For this vintage, the grapes were fermented in stainless steel and fiberglass vats, using no oak whatsoever. The wine was then aged for 5 months in barrel and one month in stainless steel.

    There is a lovely brightness of fruit, some herbal aromas and a meaty touch. The wine has a ripe quality due to the warm harvest, balanced by excellent acidity.

    Alcohol: 14%

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  • Aciano 2016
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    Aciano 2016

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    $41.00 per bottle | $246.00 case of 6

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    Aciano comes from a 3-hectare vineyard, planted in 1919, that Alvar inherited from his grandfather. Located at 700 meters near El Pago in the southern part of Toro, the soil is very sandy and phylloxera-free.

    100% Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo), the grapes are fermented in full clusters with indigenous yeasts after a three to four day cold maceration.

    This uncharacteristic Toro is perfumed, lifted and a little funky. The bright, juicy fruit almost explodes from the glass, easing into a lush mouthful of blackberries, black cherries and mulberry. There’s a sweet/savory aspect that keeps you coming back for more.

    Alcohol: 14%

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