Wine Advocate 92+
"Even more powerful and rich is the 2013 Almirez, an opaque purple wine made from 100% Tinta de Toro from vineyards planted at 2,300 feet (the highest in all of Toro). The wine has a fabulous opaque purple color, notes of blackberry, blueberry and cassis, licorice, graphite and truffle. Deep, rich, full-bodied and powerful with moderate tannin, this wine was aged 12 months in about 30% new French oak. Drink it over the next decade."
"Teso la Monja is a rather large winery and vineyard space in Toro (321 acres of primarily north-facing vineyards) planted in sandy soils with gravel and underlying clay. The vineyards are old, dating from 1880-1940. The two wines I tasted that qualified as values are both outstanding."
"(malo in new and used French oak barrels, followed by a year of aging in 30% new French oak): Opaque ruby. Highly perfumed aromas of ripe dark berries, candied rose and allspice, plus a subtle vanilla nuance. Juicy and focused on the palate, with sappy blackberry and cherry flavors picking up a smoky nuance on the back half. At once rich and lively, this wine finishes with excellent clarity and gentle firming tannins."~JR
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"Teso La Monja was founded in 2007 by Marcos and Miguel Angel Eguren, the fourth winemaking generation of the Eguren family from San Vicente de la Sonsierra in Rioja Alavesa. As they have been growing Tempranillo in Rioja Alavesa since the late 1800's, the Eguren family fell in love with D.O. Toro when they first travelled there with Jorge Ordóñez, seduced by the region's original clone of Tempranillo and ungrafted vines.
Jorge Ordóñez and the Eguren family were the original founders of Bodegas Numanthia, which was responsible, along with their current work, for the resurrection of D.O. Toro as one of Spain's preeminent wine regions. After the sale of Numanthia in 2007, the Eguren family founded Teso La Monja as a new challenge for the family – finding the elegance in the wines of Toro.
The family selected vineyards in the northernmost part of D.O. Toro that have a much higher proportion of rounded stones than what is typical. This produces extremely silky, elegant wines. The winemaker, Marcos Eguren, is considered by many to be the finest winemaker in Spain. His son, Eduardo Eguren, the fifth generation, also works as the winemaker at Teso La Monja."