We had a bottle of Marqués de Toledo 2001 Crianza from Laithwaites at the weekend. It was a purple-red with a light vanilla aroma followed by lots of fruit, mostly raspberries. It had a medium level of tannin, soft and ripe, with a balanced acidity. It tasted decidedly fruity and younger that 7 years old. There was raspberry with a little strawberry and redcurrant.
It tasted like a lighter, fresher Rioja. It’s made from Tempranillo, but in the hot La Mancha area of central Spain. There’s 10% Cabernet Sauvignon which doesn’t really shine through in taste, but probably adds some colour and weight.
At £5-6 a bottle this is a good value wine that goes surprisingly well with chocolate. I’d buy it again.