Torres is the largest family-owned producer of wine in Spain and a major exporter of wine to Europe and the US. The company goes back to 1870, survived the Spanish Civil War, and the family now has operations in Chile and through Marimar Torres, in Sonoma, California. They have a scholarly bent and seem to take pride in this--Miguel Torres has studied and written a number of books on wine.
The Gran Sangre de Toro is a blend of 60% Garnacha, 25% Cariñena, and 15% Syrah. The color is light purple, the nose is fruity. It has moderate tannins and is well balanced. For something called "Gran Sangre Reserva" though, we expected more body and found it a little thin.
This is an easy drinking wine that will go well with all kinds of food. We had it with a wine-busting barbecued pulled pork burrito, but the Gran Sangre held it's own with no problems. (Thanks to Sam for advice on photography!)
Available at 1913 Chestnut.
Torres Gran Sangre de Toro Reserva 2006
PLCB Code: 30927