- Finca Sobreno Toro Crianza 2010 Product #28574 (In Stock)
This has been a Spanish value staple for years now, but the 2010 is the best edition I’ve ever tasted. The wine is 100% Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo), hand harvested from vines 30+ years-old. There’s plenty of ripe Temparnillo fruit here – cherry, blackberry and plum – and very nice doses of wood spice and the grape’s exotic sandalwood fragrance. But cool nights on the vine and careful treatment in the winery leave a bright, refreshing, acidity in place as well and the smooth, refined, tannins don’t get in the way of solo sipping pleasure. A lot of wine for a very modest price.
"Primary dark berry and licorice aromas are perked up by a strong note of cracked pepper. Zesty blackcurrant and bitter cherry flavors gain sweetness with air and pick up floral and spicecake nuances. Closes sweet, focused and long, with very good energy and slowly building tannins."International Wine Cellar 90 points
- Romanico Tinto De Toro (Tempranillo) 2011 Product #28044 (In Stock)
A ripe, rich, Tempranillo that, as Robert Parker says, "tastes like a wine that costs $50." But it doesn't, not by a long-shot. From brothers Marcos and Miguel Eguren, who previously created and sold Numanthia-Termes.
"Intense dark berry aromas are complemented by potpourri, cola and vanillin oak. Broad, palate-coating blackberry and blueberry flavors become livelier with air and show an energetic spiciness. Finishes with very good clarity and juicy persistence, the cola and spice notes repeating."International Wine Cellar 91 points
"These are both sensational values from Toro, one of my favorite Spanish appellations in the province of Zamora. This estate largely follows organic viticultural practices in its north-facing vineyards. The soils are primarily sandy/loam, and all of the head-pruned vineyards were planted between 1880 and 1940, and the wines are made from tiny yields. The 2011 Romanico (100% Tinta de Toro) was fashioned from yields of 22 hectoliters per hectare, and was aged six months in 100% new French oak. A sensational red, it exhibits a dense purple color as well as a sweet perfume of lead pencil shavings, violets, licorice, blackberries and black currants. Keep in mind that Tinta de Toro is essentially a cousin of Tempranillo, but a lower yielding grape. Full-bodied with a voluptuous texture and a long finish, it should drink well for 6-10 years. It tastes like a wine that costs $50."Wine Advocate 91 points
- Bodegas Maurodos San Roman Toro 2009 Product #27263 (In Stock)
The San Roman Toro has been one of the region’s best, most consistent, wines for years, always marrying the intense ripeness you’d expect from Toro with just a touch more class and sophistication than you usually find. In 2009, both the ripeness and the sophistication have reached new heights – even as this pre-release pricing brings the cost down to less than our best prices on the 2003 or 2005 vintages!
“The 2009 San Roman comes from 45-year-old bush vines or older in San Roman, Morales de Toro, Arjujillo, Villaester and El Pego between 720 and 760 meters and sees 24 months in new and used French (70%) and American (30%) oak. It offers a very seductive bouquet with luscious red berry fruit – raspberry, wild strawberry infused with crushed violets that open with aeration. The palate is full-bodied and very well-balanced, ripe succulent tannins, plush blueberry and black cherries forming the core followed by a silky, ripe, sensual, velvety smooth finish. Modern in style, but extremely well-crafted, this is a sensational, delicious Toro red. Drink now-2018+.”Wine Advocate 96 points