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Miguel Torres, Gran Sangre de Toro 1989
Cellaring a 5/$8 wine for 5 years isn't something I'd normally recommend, but when I tasted this back in around 1993 I thought it had all the ingredients to improve for a few years at least so stuck a bottle away. Colour is a medium-density ruby with a broad, pale, mahogany rim. Nose is high and estery, suggesting volatile acidity. There is a toffee sweetness beneath, and some cherry fruit. The palate confirms the problem with the acidity. This is a shame, because there are vestiges of solid, damson and blackberry fruit and a nice chewy, licquorice and spice component. This might be a poor bottle, but it probably should have deen drunk a couple of years back. (07/98)