The 2011 Prima is a barrel sample, a blend of 90% Tinto de Toro and 10% Garnacha aged in new and used French and American oak for 12 months. The nose is rather reticent with smoky black fruit and a touch of black olive, but the palate appears well-balanced with grippy tannins that segue into a succulent blackberry and spice-tinged finish. Drink 2014-2018.
Bodegas y Vinedos Maurodos is one of the leading lights of Toro. Founded in 1997 by former Vega Sicilia winemaker Mariano Garcia Fernandez, they own 60 hectares of vineyard in San Roman de Villaester and Hornija, mainly planted with Tinta de Toro and Garnacha, the average age of vines around 35 years interpolated with vines on un-grafted rootstock.
These exceptional wines are suffused with personality, purity, a life-affirming sense of “controlled opulence” that, to be frank, put many a more expensive Toro wine in its shade.
90 Points – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
90 Points – Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar:
Vivid ruby. Pungent, smoky dark berries on the nose, with complicating mineral and floral notes adding energy and vivacity. Silky and pliant in texture, with open-knit cherry and blackberry flavors lifted by a subtle floral pastille quality. Finishes with good clarity and spicy bite and gentle tannic grip.