- Finca Sobreno Crianza Toro 2011 Product #29191 (In Stock)
This has been a Spanish value staple for years now, and the 2011 is yet another fine Toro Tempranillo. 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.
"Deep ruby. Smoky cherry and roasted coffee on the nose, with attractive floral and spicecake notes. Lush and expansive in the mouth, offering broad cherry and cassis flavors and a hint of licorice. A suave, gently sweet and open-knit wine, with a spicy element emerging on the long, gently tannic finish."International Wine Cellar 90 points
- Almirez Toro 2012 Product #29786 (In Stock)
A blockbuster Toro Tempranillo that remains remarkably fresh.
"Opaque purple. Smoky blueberry and cherry compote aromas pick up a peppery nuance with air, along with a subtle mocha quality. Fleshy and seamless on the palate, offering sweet, concentrated black and blue fruit flavors and a touch of lavender pastille. Spreads out nicely on the juicy, penetrating finish, which is framed by silky, slow-building tannins." Vinous 92 points
"The 2012 Almirez (a 1,000-case cuvée of 100% Tinta de Toro) was aged 14 months in French oak. This sensational wine comes from vines planted between 1949 and 1999. Yields were a conservative 1.8 tons of fruit per acre. An inky/purple color is followed by aromas of camphor, ground pepper, blackberries and cassis. This full-bodied, Northern Rhône Valley-like Spanish red exhibits meaty/lard notes, terrific density and purity, and a finish that lasts nearly 40 seconds. It should drink nicely for a decade or more."Wine Advocate 93 points
"A polished texture conceals the solid structure in this muscular red, which offers currant and blackberry flavors that show notes of espresso and tar. Gamy and savory accents lend this an austere character, but fresh acidity maintains liveliness. Best from 2016 through 2024."Wine Spectator 90 points
- Finca Sobreno Ildefonso 2009 Product #30569 (In Stock)
This is Finca Sobreno’s top wine, all coming from 80 year-old, dry farmed, Tinto de Toro vines on the estate’s main property. The old vines yield a tiny amount of intensely ripe and powerful grapes and a wine that’s almost too full of sweet, dark, black fruit, spice, and richly textured tannins. To bring the wine together requires 18 months aging in all new French oak barrels, which smooths off rough edges, locks in color, and adds an extra layer of smoky spice. Two more years in bottle allows the wood to integrate and more earthy complexity to develop.
The 2009 is a big wine, but light on its feet and not at all overpowering. Red and black fruit are at the wine’s core with notes of savory herb and sandalwood underneath and sweet spice and smoke on top. Supple, round, and very long, this is in prime drinking condition now – try it with grilled lamb! – but can certainly continue to improve through 2021.
“Made from vines that are over 80 years old; aged in all new French oak for 18 months. Inky purple. An intensely perfumed bouquet evokes candied dark berries, woodsmoke, incense and violet pastille. Stains the palate with concentrated, almost shockingly vivacious black and blue fruit flavors. Smooth, sweet and expansive on the clinging, energetic finish.” Vinous (Reynonds) 93 points
- Bodegas Maurodos San Roman Toro 2012 Product #30411 (In Stock)
Terrific Tempranillo with plenty of power and polish. Drink now with a steak or cellar for another decade.
"Sexy, spice-accented dark berry and violet pastille scents are complemented by notes of candied licorice, vanilla and woodsmoke. An undercurrent of smoky minerality gives lift and focus to the juicy blackberry and bitter cherry flavors, which become spicier and sweeter with air. The spicy quality carries through a sharply focused, subtly tannic, very long finish." Vinous 93 points
"The 2012 San Román is produced with the fruit of their older vines out of their 96 hectares of vineyards in Toro. They have reduced the amount of the new oak here. The aromas are very mineral of red clay, iron, a mixture of plums, black and red cherries and again something earthy, elegant and complex, developing meaty notes with time. The palate is medium to full-bodied, fresher than 2011, with very fine tannins and very good acidity. This is a superb version of San Román. This is one of the few wines from Toro that actually improves with time in bottle. 93,000 bottles were filled in March 2015."Wine Advocate 94 points
"The polished texture masks depth and muscle in this powerful red. Shows blackberry, anise, tar and mineral flavors, with spicy and floral highlights. Firm tannins and fresh acidity lend good balance. Expressive, in an austere way. Drink now - 2027."Wine Spectator 95 points