Almirez Teso la Monja 2017

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Almirez Teso la Monja 2017, Here are two terrific efforts from the moderately sized appellation of Toro.

Almirez Teso la Monja 2017, The Wine Advocate. 91 points

Almirez Teso la Monja 2017, these are big, flavorful, pedal-to-the-metal style of dry red wines, both made from 100% Tinto de Toro. The Romanico is aged six months, Almirez partially fermented in barrel and aged for 14 months prior to bottling.

The Wine Advocate 91 rating tasting notes

The second wine in the price hierarchy is the 2017 Almirez, produced with vines aged 10 to 35 years old from their 72 hectares of vineyards in the villages of Valdefinjas and Toro. It fermented in stainless steel and matured in French oak barrels, 30% of them new, the rest second use, for 14 months. 2017 is one of the driest years with one of the earliest harvests ever, but surprisingly enough, the wines feel lighter, fresh and aromatic, expressive and open and do not show any heat. Furthermore, it feels like a fresher year in the sense that the wine integrates the oak quite well. The change here, as Marcos Eguren explained, has been in the toast of the barrels, something they started in 2015; they have lighter toasts, from a long and slow toasting of the oak, and the barrel respects the fruit a lot more.

Variety
100 % Tinta de Toro. Masal selection of Tinta de Toro perfectly adapted to the climate and soil.

Vineyards
Proprietary vineyards situated in Valdefinjas and Toro. 41,7 Hcts. Altitude: 750 - 850 m. Environmental integrated agriculture cultivation. Average age: 15-65 years.

Elaboration
Traditional method, 100 % de-stemmed.
Malolactic fermentacion in barrel, 30 % new French oak.
Ageing in French oak Bordelaise barrels for 12 months, 30 % new French oak, 70 % ‘1-wine’ barrels.

Tasting notes
Intense cherry, it offers complex aroma of rich fruit, brandy, biscuit coffee, plum and aniseed.
On the palate is creamy, rich and aromatic. Very expressive and the finish leaves a pleasant memory of lightly toasted notes.

Drinking temperatures: 16-18 ºC

Bottle size 75cl

WINE ADVOCATE 92
WINE SPECTATOR 92
PEÑIN 94

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Almirez Teso la Monja 2014Fruitiness with structure, gentle tanicity, expressive and balanced leaving profound memories
The Eguren family fell in love with this land more than 15 years ago, seduced by its pre-phylloxera vines, deep roots vineyards meticulously chose to translate the minerality of the soils in powerful and elegant reds. And our love for Toro remains unchanged.
Founded in 2007 by the Eguren family, five wines are elaborated in the cellar: Romanico, Almirez, Victorino, Alabaster and Teso La Monja, the most exclusive project that takes the name of the winery. The deep roots of the old vine Tinta de Toro grape translate the pure minerality of the soil into powerful yet elegant red wines.
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