The Wine Advocate 94 Points- The 2016 San Román was cropped from a generous vintage, which meant great balance in the grapes, good freshness, very fine tannins and less concentration. Having said that, I think the wine has great aging potential; it's not really a light wine (it's Toro after all), and it has structure and good grip and a classical profile, still quite generously oaked and in need of some time in bottle. They used a small percentage of 500-liter barrels for the élevage of some plots. It should turn into a very classical García wine with a few years in bottle. 100,000 bottles produced. It matures in oak for two years. It was bottled in January 2019.
The García family from Mauro has also started converting their vineyards to biodynamic, a fascinating change, but a normal move after their organic work.
APPELLATION Toro D.O.
GRAPE(S) 100% Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo), from ungrafted vines between 60-100 years old
ALTITUDE/SOIL 700-850 meters / sand, clay and gravel, mostly with large surface stones
FARMING METHODS Practicing Organic, incorporating some Biodynamic principles and practices
HARVEST Hand harvested fruit, hand sorted at the winery prior to processing
PRODUCTION Grapes were destemmed and lightly crushed prior to fermentation with native microbes, 2 weeks of skin maceraction
AGING Aged for 24 months in a combination of French and American oak barrels, 25% new