Teso La Monja Almirez

"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."

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Teso La Monja Almirez Toro 2015
91  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 91 "The 2015 Almirez was also produced with Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo) grapes from ungrafted vines, fermented in stainless steel with yeasts selected from their own vineyards and matured in oak barrels, 30% of them new, for 14 months before bottling. This is a powerful, ripe and
Item Number: 31242
Case: $251.40

Teso La Monja 'Romanico' Tinto de Toro 2016
90  Jeb Dunnuck 
Jeb Dunnuck 90 “A bonafide fruit bomb, the 2016 Romanico checks in as 100% Tina de Toro that saw an extended maceration and a short élevage of 6 months in used French oak. Blueberries, violets, plums, and peppery herbs all flow to a full-­bodied, fresh, balanced effort that dishes out way more
Item Number: 30133
Case: $155.40

Teso La Monja 'Romanico' Tinto de Toro 2015
"Romanico is the entry level wine from Bodegas Teso La Monja. It is expressive, direct, and accessible, while still representing the varietal character of Tinta de Toro and the unique terroir of D.O. Toro. One of the finest values from D.O. Toro."~Winery Notes

Teso La Monja Almirez Toro 2014
92  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 92 "More expensive is their 2014 Almirez, which spends much longer time in oak and comes from vines 15-65 years old in slightly higher elevations. I didn’t see much difference in this wine from its less-expensive sibling, although this one had more grilled meat and almost Provençal,

Teso La Monja 'Romanico' Tinto de Toro 2014
92  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 92 "The 2014 Romanico is the better value of the two, with fabulous, dense blackberry and cassis fruit, with licorice, camphor and forest floor. It is dense, full-bodied, opulent, and a dazzling example of a wine made from modest yields of 31 hectoliters per hectare from their younger

Teso La Monja Almirez Toro 2013
92  Wine Advocate 
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

Teso La Monja Almirez Toro 2012
93  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 93  "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

Teso La Monja 'Romanico' Tinto de Toro 2012
92  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 92 "The 2012 Romanico (1,500 cases produced) is made from 100% Tinta de Toro (the local name for Tempranillo), and is aged for six months in a combination of new and used French oak. Malolactic is done in oak, and the result is full-bodied, opaque purple-colored wine with superb

Teso La Monja Romanico Tinto de Toro 2011
91  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 91 "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

Teso La Monja Almirez Toro 2011
94  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 94 "Another great value is the 2011 Almirez, which comes from old, ungrafted, head-pruned Tinta de Toro vines. The vineyards are planted at 2,300 foot elevation, and the yields in 2011 were 18 hectoliters per hectare. The wine spent 12 months in 30% new French oak. A fabulous effort,

Teso La Monja Romanico Tinto de Toro 2010
92  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 92 "The 2010 Romanico (100% Tinta de Toro aged in 100% new French oak for six months) exhibits a sensational bouquet of licorice, unsmoked cigar tobacco, blackberries and cassis. Full-bodied, smoky, rich, complex, big and dense without being heavy or awkward, this beauty will drink

Teso La Monja Almirez Toro 2010
94  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 94 "Even richer is the 2010 Almirez, which comes from a vineyard planted at an altitude of 2,300 feet. Yields were 18 hectoliters per hectare, and the wine was aged 12 months in mostly French oak (30% new). This fabulous, inky/purple-colored wine exhibits notes of violets, graphite,