Almirez Teso la Monja 2016

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Almirez Teso la Monja 2016, Here are two terrific efforts from the moderately sized appellation of Toro.

Almirez Teso la Monja 2016, The Wine Advocate. 92 points

Almirez Teso la Monja 2016, 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 92 rating tasting notes
As with the entry-level Románico, I also had the opportunity to taste the 2016 Almirez right next to the 2015 to see how the growing season was reflected in each of the vintages. This also shows more freshness, following the style of the year, and it has a lifted nose and is high pitched, with very good balance and elegance within the powerful style. There is restraint within the powerful style of the zone and the house profile, with sweet fruit and spices, fine tannins and a dry mouthfeel. Even the oak feels better integrated than in the 2016, despite its youth and recent bottling.

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

 

Almirez Teso la Monja 2014
Fruitiness 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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