2009 Maurodos "San Roman" Toro

SKU #1135367 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2009 San Roman comes from 45-year-old bush vines or older in San Roman, Morales de Toro, Arjujillo, Villaester and El Pego between 720 and 760 meters and sees 24 months in new and used French (70%) and American (30%) oak. It offers a very seductive bouquet with luscious red berry fruit – raspberry, wild strawberry infused with crushed violets that open with aeration. The palate is full-bodied and very well-balanced, ripe succulent tannins, plush blueberry and black cherries forming the core followed by a silky, ripe, sensual, velvety smooth finish. Modern in style, but extremely well-crafted, this is a sensational, delicious Toro red. (NM)  (4/2013)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Take a hot year like 2009 and combine it with a hot region like Toro and what you get is this rich, ribald wine. Heavy aromas of raisin and blackberry suggest maximum ripeness. A beefy, saturated palate houses dark flavors of prune, chocolate and baked plum, while the finish is dark, toasty, chewy and a pure reflection of the Toro region. (MS)  (11/2013)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Alluring notes of violet, cardamom and cocoa frame cherry, licorice and toast accents in this expressive red. The solid structure lends depth, while the juicy acidity maintains freshness. Tinto de Toro. (TM)  (9/2013)

K&L Notes

Wine Advocate writes: "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. The oak aging here is very prudent, with around 20% renewed each year, both French and American. The present winemaker is Mariano’s son Eduardo Garcia Montana, who trained in Bordeaux and Burgundy among other regions. These exceptional wines were 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. What is more, a bottle of 2001 San Roman testified to a Toro that truly does age with style and panache." (04/2013)

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/4/2013 | Send Email
San Roman is made by Eduardo Garcia, son of former Vega Sicilia winemaking legend Mariano Garcia. One of Vega Sicilia's hallmarks is the elegance of fruit and deft use of elevage, or oak ageing, to create one of the world's great wines. Clearly, Eduardo picked up some secrets from his old man, as San Roman is one of the most beautiful, aromatic, bright and age-worthy of Spain's fuller bodied Toro wines. In fact, it is more complex, balanced and elegant than most of the wines in the nearby, more highly regarded Ribera del Duero. This is incredible wine that not only impresses those who love rich, full bodied blockbusters, but also those who usually do not think much of these. I'd be hard pressed to think of a better $50 wine, with as broad a range of appeal, as the Maurodos San Roman.

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- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.


- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.