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Teso la Monja Victorino Toro Spanish Red Wine 750 mL

$59.99

94 rating Wine Advocate “I tasted two vintages of the cuvée called Victorino, including the 2018 Victorino, a year with fewer bunches of larger grapes that resulted in very balanced wines, wines with good structure, ripe tannins and deep color. This was selected from ungrafted Tinta de Toro vines that fermented destemmed with their own selection of yeasts and matured in new French oak barrels for 20 months. This is a little lighter and has hints of blue flowers, a more vibrant palate and grainier tannins. 2018 and 2019 are very different years, and the 2018s are more fluid but also have more nerve and are likely to develop for a longer time in bottle. This has the advantage of one more year in bottle, which has helped to integrate the oak. Despite the cooler and wetter year, the grapes were very healthy, unlike in Rioja where they had to sort and select. 40,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in August 2020.”

94 rating Vinous Media “Opaque violet. Expressive aromas of cherry liqueur, blackberry, vanilla, baking spices and dark chocolate, plus a smoky mineral flourish that adds vivacity. Sweet, chewy and focused on the palate, offering intense black and blue fruit and licorice flavors and suggestions of candied violet, cola and mocha. Finishes with mounting tannins and strong persistence, leaving sappy blueberry and bitter chocolate notes behind. 100% new French oak.”

Description

Winemaker Notes
Dense purple in color, the Teso la Monja Victorino presents in the nose a great concentration of aromas of black fruit with brandy, spices and mineral nuances. On the palate it is well structured, powerful, very expressive, creamy, rich and aromatic with smooth tannins.

Teso la Monja is the name of the project of the Eguren family (San Vicente, Sierra Cantabria, Viñedos de Páganos) in Toro where they started Numanthia, which was later sold to a French group. They then resumed their activity in Toro with old vineyards from which they produce around 300,000 bottles per vintage. The wines come in their powerful style, ripe and round, generously oaked and with the character from the zone. The range is defined by the age of the vineyards used, except in the single-vineyard Teso la Monja.

As for the vintages, 2019 was a dry year (not necessarily warm), a year of good ripeness and soft tannins given there was finally some rain at the end of August. The 2018s are a little lighter and have a little more acidity. All of this within the regularity of Toro, of course. There was only one wine from 2017, the scarce top of the range, a year that is quite different from Ribera del Duero, as they didn’t suffer from frost, it was a warm year of low yields.

Additional information

Weight 48 oz
Dimensions 5 × 5 × 17 in