Bodegas San Román Toro 2017


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"The 2017 rendition of San Roman is packed with power and also packed with assertive oak, and accordingly is recommended for cellaring or for more near-term consumption by those who enjoy overtly spicy, toasty wood accents along with big fruit flavors. Notably more assertive than the restrained, stylish 2016, this is still undeniably excellent in its way, with dark berry fruit and savory undertones managing to hold their own despite the very prominent influence of new oak (25% in most vintages, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the percentage is higher in this 2017). After my initial evaluation of this release, I kept it open on my tasting bench and returned to taste it on three subsequent evenings, knowing how well it absorbs its oak over time when cellared. And sure enough, it became better over every successive day, with the fruit standing rock-solid in freshness and flavor impact while absorbing and integrating the oak. I’d have continued this experiment if not for the fact that the wine was so delicious on day for that I polished off the bottle. For the patient, this will prove immensely rewarding." 94 Points Michael Franz - Issue: December 1, 2020

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