James Suckling 93
This has a deep and dark center palate of ripe yet fresh fruit and lots of spices and smoked meat. Medium to full body. Polished and chewy tannins. Yet focused and vivid. Needs two or three years of bottle age. But all there. Try after 2021.
Wine Advocate 91
“2017 is one of the driest years with one of the earliest harvests ever, but surprisingly enough, the wines feel lighter, fresh and aromatic, expressive and open and do not show any heat. Furthermore, it feels like a fresher year in the sense that the wine
integrates the oak quite well.” Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, December 30th 2019
Denominacion de Origen: D.O. Toro
Location: Valdefinjas and Toro.
Varietal: 100% Tinta de Toro
Vineyards: Proprietary vineyards located in Valdefinjas and Toro.
Year(s) Planted: Between 1951 and 2000.
Viticulture: Head trained goblet vines. Environmentally integrated agriculture. Employing viticulture that respects the biorhythms of the plant and vineyard. Organic soil amendments. Exclusively manual harvest with a rigorous selection of hand harvested grapes in the vineyard.
Soils: Predominantly sandy clay soils with a limestone subsoil. The surface is intermixed with rounded stones that retain heat and radiate during the cool nights, helping the grapes achieve full ripeness.
Climate: Continental steppe climate, with drastic temperature swings between day and night. The climate is also very dry – annual rainfall levels reach 350 liters/m2, less than half of Rioja and much less than Ribera del Duero.
Winemaking: Traditional method. 100% destemmed. Temperature controlled fermentation with selected indigenous yeast in stainless steel. Total maceration is 24 days. The wine is transferred to barrel for malolactic fermentation. 30% new French oak.
Ageing: 14 months in Bordelaise French oak barrels. 30% new, 70% one wine barrels.
Comments: Almirez represents the fruit forward expression of Tinta de Toro combined with elegant structure, delicate tannin, and excellent length.
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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."