About as good as it gets in terms of a powerful, fully oaked modern wine that still guards its core identity while offering plenty of straightforward drinking pleasure. San Roman in 2004 is a high-speed train with agile fruit and bracing acidity more dominating than, say, tannic might or alcoholic heat. Among the brave new world of modern wines from Toro this is…
We would not have expected anything to match the stellar 2004 San Román, but this newest vintage is up to the task. It’s opaque as midnight without a moon, and the nose is a delectable blend of vanilla, spice, hickory, mocha and meaty blackberry. The palate is both magnetic and sly; it pumps black fruit galore, but augments things with controlled chocolate and…
One of Spain’s great full-force, modern-style wines, this excels despite the marginal 2008 vintage. It’s open-knit and soft on the nose, with ladels of spice, graphite and black fruit aromas. It feels fresh, balanced and not overly tannic, with strapping blackberry, coffee, chocolate, spice and tobacco flavors all rolled into a fabulous whole. Licorice, espresso…
Despite the hot vintage, we’re fairly blown away by this Toro red. It’s dense, dark and the nose is coated with mineral, crude oil and perfectly ripe black-fruit. Consistent with the region’s track record, San Roman delivers uncomplicated but powerful fruit character strengthened by serious tannins. Drink from 2007–2012.
Dark, tight and masculine smelling, San Román is once again one of the two or three best wines from Toro. This vintage is black, extracted and super ripe, but it maintains a fine level of balance and more than adequate freshness. Flavors of coconut, vanilla and chocolate announce generous new oak, as does mocha and espresso on the finish. Heady but ready; ageable…
This 100% Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo) is a very impressive offering from the makers of Mauro. Dark in color, with rich aromas of very dark berry and cherry fruit, tobacco, and spicy oak, this is a real mouthful of flavor. It sports very good texture and a long, delicious finish with loads of fruit, spice and full but not harsh tannins. It is lavishly oaked, but its…
Dark and pungent, with heavy but integrated oak. Notes of peanut and coconut are detectable, but they aren’t out of place. In the mouth, black plum flavors get a lift from cola, coffee and nutmeg accents. The finish is lively and moderately tannic, but overall this wine hits the bull’s eye.
Bold as always, with a ton of cedar, graphite, blackberry, vanilla and coconut notes on the nose. This is huge, tough and ripe, with massive blackberry, café mocha and vanilla flavors. It finishes hard but with a cascade of sweet fruit, marshmallow, coconut cake, herb and vanilla. Needs a few more years to settle. Drink after 2013.