Grape(s): Tinto de Toro, Garnacha
Localization: Toro, Castilla y León, Spain
Tasting Notes: Ripe blue fruit, cola, and floral oil scents pick up notes of licorice and allspice as the wine opens up. Fleshy and seamless in the mouth, offering bitter cherry, boysenberry, and violet pastille flavors enlivened by a spicy nuance.
92 points View from the Cellar: The wine comes in at 14.5 percent octane and offers up a fine nose of black cherries, plums, cigar wrapper, a nice touch of soil, and a gentle framing of nutty oak. On the palate, the wine is deep, full-bodied, and rock-solid at the core, with good focus and grip, fine nascent complexity, and a long, ripely tannic, and nicely balanced finish. This carries its octane very well indeed, and though there is a hint of backend heat, the wine will age very gracefully and is quite impressive. 2028-2055.
The Domain: Bodegas y Vinedos San Roman is a family-owned winery that was founded by iconic winemaker Mariano Garcia in 1998 as Bodegas y Vinedos Maurodos. His vision was to produce world-class wines that balanced freshness and longevity in the bottle against the renowned power of the region's wines. The vineyards are planted mainly with Tinta de Toro, a local clone of Tempranillo that has adapted to the local region. In general, the vines offer smaller berries and bunches than Tempranillo in other regions, and yields wines that offer deep colors, intense aromas, and robust structure. Prima, their entry-level wine, has started to incorporate a higher percentage of Garnacha in the blend and is now aged partially in large wooden vats as opposed to barrels.