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Bodegas Teso la Monja Almirez 2012Bodegas Teso la Monja Almirez 2012
Size: 750ml
Varietal: 100% Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo)
Country: Spain
Region: Castilla Leon
Sub-Region: Toro
Producer: Bodegas Teso la Monja

WA 93 V 92

The vines for Almirez, situated in Valdefinjas and Toro, are 15 - 65 years old, and yield a meager 20 Hls/Hct. Teso la Monja uses only organic fertilization, and strictly avoids the use of herbicides or other chemical products. All grapes are hand harvested and rigorously sorted. Aged 12 months in new French oak (30% new).


"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 pepper, blackberries and cassis. This full-bodied, Northern Rhône Valley-like Spanish red exhibits meaty/lard notes, terrific density and purity, and a finish that lasts nearly 40 seconds. It should drink nicely for a decade or more. This large estate in Toro is owned by the Eguren family, who also owns the Dominio de Eguren winery. These two value-priced cuvées, primarily fashioned from old vines planted between 1880 and 1999, are from head-pruned vines. They represent impressive quality. " -Rated 93, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

"(malo in small oak barrels followed by aging in French oak, one-third of it new, for 12 months): Opaque purple. Smoky blueberry and cherry compote aromas pick up a peppery nuance with air, along with a subtle mocha quality. Fleshy and seamless on the palate, offering sweet, concentrated black and blue fruit flavors and a touch of lavender pastille. Spreads out nicely on the juicy, penetrating finish, which is framed by silky, slow-building tannins. -- Josh Raynolds" -Rated 92, Vinous