2010 Teso La Monja "Romanico" Toro (Previously $15)

SKU #1116105 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (100% tempranillo, raised in 100% new French oak and then aged for six months in more new oak): Saturated ruby. Vibrant raspberry and candied cherry on the nose, with strong oak-spiciness and a kiss of smoky mocha. Rich but vibrant, offering intense red berry flavors and a floral quality on the clinging finish.  (9/ 2012)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Teso la Monja picked a good vintage to introduce this entry-level Toro. Romanico is big and candied on the nose, with floral berry aromas, milk chocolate and a touch of raisin. On the palate, spunky berry fruit flavors blend with juniper notes, while the finish delivers herbal leftovers, a pinch more juniper and commendable length and smoothness.  (7/ 2013)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Romanico was affected by frost in spring and rainfall in July, so that in some parcels they had to harvest three times in the plot. It has more aromatic 'volume' than the 2011, with dark cherry, wild strawberry and cold stone. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins, lightly peppered black fruit, hints of black olive, and fine, quite tense structure toward the finish. Drink now-2018.  (4/ 2013)

Wine Spectator

 Toast and chocolate flavors frame ripe plum and dried cherry fruit in this rich, soft red. Displays a thick texture, with well-integrated tannins and gentle acidity. Leans toward sweetness, but offers plenty of fruit. Drink now through 2015. (Web-2013)

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Tempranillo

- 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.
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Spain

- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5